Car passenger arrested on drug charges

A passenger in a car that was stopped by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies for a traffic violation Thursday night was arrested on drug charges after deputies reported finding a bag containing several syringes and pills under her car seat.

Racheal Rickey, 30, was in a car that Cpl. Vince Edwards stopped for having a fraudulent license plate at University Avenue and Reed Street at 10:10 p.m.

According to an affidavit from Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Chris Drye, the driver of the vehicle was arrested and a wrecker was called for the vehicle.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said that during an inventory search of the vehicle before it was towed, deputies found a bag containing four syringes, one of them loaded, and several pills.

Drye said in the affidavit that deputies also found a charred spoon and soft drink can, and Rickey “appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was not interviewed.”

The substance that was in the syringe field-tested positive for a controlled substance, as did the pills, Drye said in the affidavit.

Kizer said Richey has pending charges of possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Richey after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richey said she would hire her own attorney and was told to come back to court July 5.