Gun, drugs seized after search warrant served at White Hall residence

An investigation into alleged drug activity at a house in White Hall resulted in the arrest of a man on drug and weapons charges Monday.

George Bradley Pickler, 40, was taken into custody after investigators from the Tri-County Drug Task Force and Pine Bluff Police Vice and Narcotics officers served a search warrant at No. 7 Constitution Ave. in White Hall.

Task Force Investigator Chris Drye said in a probable cause affidavit that Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth signed the warrant on Jan. 25. Investigators served it at 10:05 a.m. Monday.

Drye reported that once the officers were inside the home, they found a plastic baggie containing an off-white, crystal-like substance, numerous plastic baggies containing an off-white residue, four syringes, several smoking pipes, numerous cotton balls and several sets of digital scales.

They also located a .40-caliber handgun, Drye said in the affidavit.

The crystal-like substance field tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed a total of 1.9 grams.

Drye reported that Pickler declined to make a statement when investigators tried to interview him.

Additionally, the affidavit said the house where the warrant was served is across the street from a neighborhood park.

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

Pickler said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court March 19.