Police make drug arrest after traffic stop

A passenger in a car that was stopped by police Wednesday for allegedly failing to use a turn signal was arrested on drug charges after officers reported seeing a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine sticking out of her purse.

Shanna Arredondo, 29, was sitting in the back seat of a car officers stopped at 13th Avenue and Mulberry Street, Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Jeremy Funderburg said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said the driver of the car gave officers permission to search the vehicle, and they saw Arredondo’s purse with the plastic bag sticking out of it. The purse also contained a smoking pipe, the affidavit said.

The total weight of the suspected cocaine was .06 grams.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Arredondo after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Arredondo.

Another passenger in the vehicle was arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants.