Deputies allegedly find cigarettes, snuff on jail prisoner

A Pine Bluff man who was booked into the adult detention center Saturday to serve a court-ordered sentence will face felony charges after deputies allegedly found contraband on him.

Pierre Fowler, 25, allegedly had concealed two cans of snuff, several cigarettes and a lighter, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Tuesday for Fowler.

Sheriff’s Investigator John Bean said in a probable cause affidavit that Fowler had reported to the jail to serve a 48-hour sentence from drug court and the items were found during a search.

When he was questioned, Fowler allegedly told deputies he had been paid money to bring the items in to another inmate.

Kizer said Fowler is currently on probation on charges of burglary, theft of property and theft by receiving.

Because of the probation, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Fowler after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with furnishing prohibited articles.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Fowler and told him to come back to court June 4.