Bond set in alleged drug and weapons arrest

A $50,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man on multiple drug- and weapons-related charges.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge George Austin Jr., 28, with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and being a felon in possession of a firearm because of a previous conviction.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Richard McCorvy said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court that Austin was arrested when police vice and narcotics officers, investigators from the Tri-County Drug Task Force and a K-9 unit from the Arkansas Department of Corrections served a search warrant at an apartment in the 4500 block of Main Street.

Officers forced entry when no one answered the door and detained several people, including Austin..

McCorvy said in the affidavit that Austin asked officers to give him his blue jeans and task force investigator Chris Drye checked the pockets of the jeans first, finding a small bag containing 9.8 grams of suspected crack cocaine, a bag containing 0.8 grams of suspected marijuana, and $1,078 in cash.

Drye also found a .45-caliber Glock handgun with an extended clip containing 22 bullets, and McCorvy said in the affidavit that the serial number of the gun matched one reported stolen during a robbery on March 30.

Investigators also found two sets of digital scales and a shotgun under a bed in the apartment, McCorvy said.

Records at the prosecutors office indicated that Austin had prior drug charges dating from 2007.

Austin said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court June 20.