Drug arrest made after traffic stop

A Pine Bluff man who is currently on probation was arrested Thursday morning on drug charges after a traffic stop by police.

Oscar Moore, 55, was reportedly driving in the middle of the Martha Mitchell Expressway when he was pulled over by Police Sgt. David Vilches, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Friday.

Vilches stopped the car at the Cherry Street intersection and reported that he observed the driver, later identified as Moore, “appear to be trying to hide something.”

Vice and Narcotics Detective Jack Hendon reported that when Vilches approached the driver’s side door, he saw a small plastic bag in the floorboard of the vehicle that appeared to contain an off-white, rock-like substance.

Kizer said Vilches also found a second plastic bag containing an off-white, rock-like substance under an ashtray in the center console of the vehicle.

Hendon reported that the substances field tested positive for crack cocaine and weighed a total of 1.1 grams.

Kizer said Moore is currently on probation on charges of residential burglary, commercial burglary, and theft of property.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Moore after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance crack cocaine.

Moore was also issued traffic citations for driving on a suspended license and no proof of insurance. Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Moore and told him to come back to court Oct. 19.