Marijuana found after traffic stop, police say


A Pine Bluff police officer on patrol Wednesday night attempted to stop a vehicle because loud music was coming from it and arrested the driver on drug related charges.

Cordarelle Collins, 19, allegedly had a bag with marijuana in his pocket and another bag containing the same substance in his car, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Thursday for Collins.

Detective Marquis Blake reported that Sgt. Derrick Neal was in the area of 13th Avenue and Cypress Street when he heard the loud music, and when he activated his blue lights and siren, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Collins, ignored the lights and siren and continued driving.

Blake reported that the car pulled up at a residence in the 1800 block of South Cedar Street and Collins got out.

When Neal asked Collins why he didn’t stop, Neal reportedly said he “didn’t hear the siren because of the music.”

Kizer said another officer patted Collins down and felt a bulge in Collins’ pocket which was determined to be marijuana and $551 in cash.

After Collins was arrested, his car was searched and Blake reported that officers found a white bag with additional marijuana, a set of scales and three empty plastic bags.

The total weight of the marijuana was listed as 28 grams.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Collins, who Kizer said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Collins said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Dec. 6 at 9 a.m.