A $10,000 bond was set Friday for a Pine Bluff man arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop by police Thursday.
Ortega Taylor, 21, reportedly said that marijuana found in a vehicle he was driving was his, police Vice and Narcotics Detective Richard McCorvy said in a probable cause affidavit.
McCorvy reported he saw a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Taylor drive left of the center line on Blake Street in front of the Valero Service Station. McCorvy turned around and caught up to the vehicle at Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street, where he turned on his blue lights.
Taylor reportedly stopped at Sixth Avenue and Peach Street, and McCorvy reported that Taylor said he did not have a driver’s license. A female passenger who was in the car said the vehicle was hers and gave McCorvy the registration and insurance papers for the car.
McCorvy reported that he smelled marijuana coming from the car, and another officer who had arrived to assist reported seeing marijuana residue on the pants leg of another passenger.
After removing Taylor and the other two people in the vehicle, McCorvy reported finding a purse in the front passenger side floorboard containing a plastic bag with a green vegetable substance that field tested positive for marijuana and weighed 8 grams.
McCorvy also reported finding a plastic bag containing 11 smaller bags of various sizes with a green vegetable substance that field tested positive for marijuana in them. The total weight of the marijuana was 32 grams.
A soft drink bottle containing part of a plastic bag and 4.3 grams of a green vegetable substance that field tested positive for marijuana and a box of sandwich bags were also found in the car.
Taylor and the other occupants of the car were taken to the adult detention center where Taylor reportedly said the drugs were his but denied knowledge of the sandwich bags.
McCorvy reported that Taylor said he “had just started selling marijuana to make extra money.”
A male occupant of the car was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges and several active warrants while the female who owned the car was released without charges.
Ortega was told to come back to court Jan. 18.