Drug arrest made on parking lot of nightclub

Off-duty p0lice officers working security on the parking lot of P.J.’s Nightclub early Sunday morning arrested a man on drug and weapons charges after seeing drugs in his vehicle.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Richard McCorvy, who was one of the officers on the parking lot, recognized George Austin Jr., 27, from a previous incident, and saw Austin and another man leave the club.

McCorvy knew that Austin drove a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said, and when Austin walked by McCorvy, he reportedly made a statement that McCorvy had “planted drugs on my homeboy.”

McCorvy reported that Austin got into another vehicle and when McCorvy approached Austin’s vehicle, he saw a brown jar containing a greenish vegetable substance in the ashtray.

After Austin was arrested, police found an off-white, rock-like substance that field tested positive for cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a .40-caliber handgun in the vehicle.

Kizer said Austin had previously been convicted on drug related charges and had drug related charges pending in circuit court.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Austin after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Kearney told Austin to come back to court Dec. 3.