Deputy allegedly finds suspected methamphetamine after transporting prisoner to jail

A Pine Bluff man arrested on a misdemeanor warrant Sunday faces felony drug charges after a bag containing suspected methamphetamine was allegedly found in the back seat of a car that had been used to take the man to jail.

Franklin Lenard, 49, was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Conyers and taken to the adult detention center. When Conyers checked the back seat of his car, he found a plastic bag containing the suspected methamphetamine.

Tri-County Drug Task Force Sgt. Andy Hoots said in a probable cause affidavit that the substance tested positive for methamphetamine and when Lenard was interviewed, he denied ownership of the drugs.

On Tuesday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Lenard after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with furnishing prohibited articles and possession of a controlled substance.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Lenard.