Parolee arrested on drug-related charge

Police vice and narcotics officers patrolling on the west side of Pine Bluff on Thursday arrested a man after he allegedly dropped a small object that he had been carrying that turned out to be suspected crack cocaine.

Robert Williams, 29, who is on parole and listed as an absconder, was taken into custody after he came out of a house in the 2200 block of West 11th Avenue when asked to do so by police, Detective Michael Battles said in a probable cause affidavit.

During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said narcotics officers were in the area of West 18th Avenue and Circle Drive when they saw a group of black males standing in the street, and when the officers drove by, the men allegedly tried to hide their faces.

Battles said in the affidavit that the men, including Williams, walked into a house in the area, and a small object fell from a towel that Williams had been carrying. When that object was retrieved, it turned out to be 3.3 grams of suspected crack cocaine.

In addition to the absconder warrant, Kizer said Williams has “two full pages of failures to appear in district courts, mostly in Pine Bluff, since 2005.”

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

Even though Bridgforth set a bond on that allegation, he will not be able to post it because of the absconder warrant and will be held for the Department of Correction.

Williams said he would hire his own attorney.