Drugs, guns found after warrant served


After seeing a vehicle leave a house where a search warrant was being served Tuesday, police stopped the vehicle and arrested one of two people inside on drug and weapons charges.

Michael Tyrone Johnson, 38, will have to post a $25,000 bond to be released from the county detention center while prosecutors prepare multiple felony charges against him.

Police Vice and Narcotics Officers and members of the Tri-County Drug Task Force served the warrant at 2006 W. 21st Ave. and saw a car driven by Johnson leave the scene.

Detective Rickard McCorvy reported that when the car crossed the center line at 25th Avenue and Hazel Street, officers stopped it, and brought Johnson and a woman who was in the car back to the house on West 21st Avenue.

McCorvy reported that investigators found a small bag containing cocaine, a bag containing crack cocaine, and a paper bag containing marijuana inside the house.

They also found digital scales, an open box of sandwich bags, two loaded handguns, assorted pills and $423 cash, the report said.

McCorvy reported that Johnson waived his right to an attorney and told investigators he sold crack cocaine, used cocaine powder and said the marijuana was for his personal use, claiming he “smoked it for body aches.”

Johnson also claimed that the two guns were “pawned to him.”

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

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Johnson and told him to come back to court Dec. 5.

The woman with Johnson, who was pregnant, was released without charges.