Parolee arrested Tuesday after search warrant served


A Pine Bluff man who is on parole on a drug-related conviction was arrested Tuesday after police vice and narcotics officers and the Tri-County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a house on the east side of the city.

Johnathan Gonder, 43, lives at the house in the 2500 block of North Belair Drive where the warrant was served, Drug Task Force Sgt. Yohance Brunson said in a probable cause affidavit.

During a court hearing Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Gonder was sitting on a couch when the investigators entered, and they had to use a taser when he resisted arrest.

Brunson said in the affidavit that investigators found a small quantity of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a .380-caliber pistol in the house.

The search warrant resulted from Gonder allegedly selling drugs to undercover officers.

Kizer said Gonder has pending charges of felony fleeing in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Gonder after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He will also be charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gonder said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court June 13.