Investigation into alleged drug trafficking leads to arrest

An investigation into alleged drug trafficking at a house in central Pine Bluff on Tuesday led to the arrest of a man after officers reported finding several bags containing suspected marijuana beside the house.

James Taylor, 38, was one of three people detained when police vice and narcotics officers, investigators from the Tri-County Drug Task Force and an Arkansas Department of Correction K-9 unit served a search warrant at a house in the 1900 block of West Ninth Avenue.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Kenneth Evans said in a probable-cause affidavit that investigators found a small bag containing suspected marijuana on the ground in front of the porch.

Two black bags were found on the east side of the house in the bushes, Evans said in the affidavit, and those bags also contained suspected marijuana.

The total weight of the suspected marijuana was 46 grams.

Taylor, who was also arrested on a warrant for failure to appear, denied any knowledge of the suspected drugs, Evans said in the affidavit.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Taylor after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

Taylor said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court June 20.