Off-duty police officers make drug arrest on nightclub parking lot

Off-duty police officers working in the P.J.’s Nightclub parking lot early Sunday morning arrested a Pine Bluff man on drug-related charges after they allegedly saw him driving erratically.

Ricky Manning, 22, who is currently on probation, was allegedly seen speeding through the parking lot at about 5 a.m. when the club closed, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Tuesday for Manning.

Detective Richard McCorvy, who was one of the off-duty officers working on the parking lot, said in a probable cause affidavit that when police stopped the car, they saw a plastic bag in the center console that allegedly contained a small amount of marijuana.

Officers also found a cigarette package containing alleged cocaine in the vehicle’s ashtray, McCorvy said in the affidavit. The cocaine weighed 2.2 grams.

Kizer said Manning allegedly said the cocaine and marijuana were his and were for “personal use.”

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Manning after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance — cocaine.

Maning said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court June 6.