Police Vice and Narcotics officers who were on routine patrol in the Dollarway area Tuesday afternoon saw a man they knew had an active arrest warrant, and ended up arresting him and a female companion, both on drug charges.
William Davidson, 31, and Cynthia Barnes, 25, were taken into custody at Carbon and Spears streets at about 2:30 p.m., Detective Richard McCorvy said in a probable-cause affidavit.
Davidson was allegedly holding a black bag and McCorvy said that when he asked Davidson what was in the bag, Davidson said “digital scales because I’m going to buy some dope.”
During a court hearing Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the bag also contained several bags of suspected methamphetamine.
McCorvy said in the affidavit that Barnes had a small amount of suspected marijuana in her purse, along with several used syringes and a spoon with white residue on it that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Kizer said Davidson has been to prison twice and had an active failure to appear warrant while Barnes haa no prior convictions or pending charges.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Davidson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A $5,000 bond was set for Barnes on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Davidson and Barnes.