Parolee arrested on drug charges


A Pine Bluff man who is on parole on drug related charges was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police vice and narcotics officers and the Tri-County Drug Task Force served a drug related search warrant at a house on West 23rd Avenue.

Roarie Gibson, 27, reportedly ran from the house through a garage door, jumped a fence, and was taken into custody in an adjacent yard between West 23rd Avenue and West 24th Avenue on Plum Street, Detective Marquis Blake reported in a probable cause affidavit.

Blake said officers served the warrant at 12:54 p.m. and forced their way in when no one answered the door.

When Gibson was caught, he was reportedly carrying a bag containing a green vegetable substance believed to be marijuana and $320 in his left front pants pocket, and a plastic bag containing another bag with six white pills believed to be Xanax, a plastic bag with an off-white, rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine, a bag containing a white powder believed to be powder cocaine, and $500 cash in his right front pants pocket.

Blake reported that when the house was searched, investigators found another bag containing a green vegetable substance, digital scales, a vacuum sealer and $240 cash.

The green vegetable substance field tested positive for marijuana and weighed 54.9 grams, Blake said in the affidavit. The crack cocaine weighed 11.2 grams, and the powder cocaine weighed 1.6 grams.

Gibson was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2010 on three separate drug related charges from 2008 and 2009, records from the prosecutor’s office indicated.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Gibson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with fleeing, and with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Gibson.