Police make drug arrest during accident investigation


Pine Bluff police investigating a reported traffic accident Saturday morning arrested a man on drug-related charges after marijuana and cocaine allegedly were found in his vehicle.

Nathaniel Thronton, 26, was taken into custody after the accident at 2112 W. 18th Ave., Vice and Narcotics Detective Kenneth Evans said in a probable cause affidavit.

Evans reported that when officers arrived, they found a Chevrolet Caprice that was parked sideways across a driveway and pushed up next to a fence.

Officers reported that a man later identified as Thronton was lying across the driver’s seat and had an odor of alcoholic beverages when officers woke him up.

Evans reported that the initial officers saw a clear plastic bag containing marijuana in the car where the radio was supposed to be.

Two additional plastic bags, one containing white powder cocaine and the other rock-like cocaine were found in the same location.

The weight of the cocaine powder was listed at .3 grams and the weight of the rock-like cocaine was listed at .7 grams.

When he was interviewed, Thronton said the marijuana was his, but denied any knowledge of the cocaine, Evans reported.

Thronton was taken to the adult detention center where he registered a 0.12 on a breath alcohol test, Evans said. Anything about 0.08 is considered legally intoxicated in Arkansas.

A $10,000 bond was set for Thronton on two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and he was told to come back to court April 15.

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