Police allegedly find drugs, gun when arresting wanted man


A Pine Bluff man wanted on charges of failure to appear in court was arrested Wednesday and police allegedly found drugs and a handgun after making the arrest.

Darrell Bland, 28, was taken into custody after detectives and uniformed police officers went at about 2 p.m. to the barber shop at 1401 W. 6th Ave., Detective Bret Ward said in a probable cause affidavit.

Ward reported that Detective Jerry Lambert saw Bland sitting in a chair getting his hair cut, and after Ward confirmed that there were active warrants for Bland, he was arrested and placed in handcuffs.

According to the affidavit, Ward asked for his jacket and Detective Mike Sweeney picked up the jacket, which Bland confirmed was his. Sweeney checked the pockets before giving the jacket to Bland and found a plastic bag containing a green vegetable substance believed to be marijuana in the left outside pocket.

Detective Lt. Terry Hopson found a Ruger handgun and a clear bag containing a rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine in a drawer where Bland was sitting, and Ward reported that witnesses said Bland had put the gun and drugs in the drawer when police arrived. The gun had allegedly been stolen in Hot Springs.

Ward reported that the green vegetable substance field tested positive for marijuana and weighed 19 grams and the rock-like substance field tested positive for cocaine base and weighed 3.1 grams.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Bland after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, theft by receiving and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Records at the prosecutor’s office show Bland is currently on probation stemming from a 2010 case that resulted in charges of second offense possession of a controlled substance, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bland said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court March 21.