Bond set for man suspected of possessing marijuana

A $10,000 bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly threw three bags containing a number of smaller bags of marijuana out of a vehicle while being chased Sunday by an Arkansas State Trooper.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Cory Miller, 23, with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

State Police Special Agent Oscar Bullard said in a probable cause affidavit that Trooper Todd Williams was patrolling at 8:45 p.m. in the area of Dollarway and Rhinehart roads when he saw a 2000 Nissan pickup with a damaged tail light.

According to the affidavit, Williams turned on his blue lights to try and stop the truck, which sped up, traveling 65 mph in a 45 mph zone before turning into an apartment complex at North Hutchinson Street and Smart Avenue and driving into the back part of the complex.

Bullard reported that Williams saw the driver, later identified as Miller, throw several objects out of the driver’s side window before the truck got stuck in a muddy hole at the back of the complex and Williams got out of his car and took Miller into custody.

Trooper Zack Varnell arrived to assist with Miller, and Williams retrieved three medium-size bags that contained 51 smaller bags of suspected marijuana.

Bullard reported that the total weight of the marijuana was 53.5 grams. When Bullard interviewed Miller, he allegedly admitted that the marijuana was his.

Miller was told to come back to court at 9 a.m. May 13.