Man banned from nightclub arrested on drug charges

A Pine Bluff man who had previously been banned from a local nightclub was arrested early Saturday morning after he went back to the club, and police reported finding suspected drugs in his pocket.

Latrell White, who had been banned from PJ’s Nightclub, was seen by off-duty officers who were working security on the parking lot, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during a court hearing for White on Monday. Gieringer said the officers confronted White and placed him under arrest for criminal trespass,

Reading from a probable-cause affidavit from Vice and Narcotics Detective Richard McCorvy, Gieringer said that when White was searched for officer protection, the officers found a bag containing a small amount of suspected marijuana and three pills shaped like Homer Simpson in White’s right front watch pocket.

McCorvy said in the affidavit that White told him the pills were “hydrocodone” and asked him several times to destroy the pills.

Gieringer said when White was taken to the adult detention center, he refused to cooperate with police or to follow orders and was sprayed several times with pepper spray before he cooperated.

McCorvy said in the affidavit that he field-tested the pills and they tested positive for methamphetamine.

Gieringer said White is on parole and has prior convictions including theft by receiving, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in 1997 and possession of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal mischief and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2004.

In addition, he has pending drug charges stemming from an arrest in 2009.

Because of the prior convictions and the fact that White is on parole, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney agreed to Gieringer’s request and set bond for White at $50,000 cash only after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent White, and told him to come back to court July 29.