Police find suspected marijuana after traffic stop


Police vice and narcotics officers on routine patrol Tuesday stopped a vehicle for improper window tint, and ended up arresting the driver on drug-related charges.

Antonio Hart, 26, allegedly told Detective Michael Battles he had a “cutie” of marijuana inside his pants. Battles said in a probable-cause affidavit that a”cutie” is slang for a quarter-pound of marijuana.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Wednesday that the car Hart was driving was stopped at West Sixth Avenue and Cypress Street and a bag containing K-2 (synthetic marijuana) and a blunt (marijuana rolled into a cigar) were found in the vehicle.

Battles reported seeing a “bulge” in Hart’s pants, and found a plastic bag containing the suspected marijuana.

A set of digital scales also was found, Kizer said.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Hart 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.

Even though a bond was set on the drug allegations, Hart will not be able to post it because he is being held for the department of correction for allegedly violating conditions of his parole.

Hart said he would hire his own attorney.