Report of stolen car ends in drug arrest

Pine Bluff police who were sent to investigate a reported stolen car Saturday were able to clear that up but then arrested the driver on drug related charges.

Richard Cook, 49, allegedly had three pink pills in his pocket, which tested positive for ecstasy, during questioning about the car.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police went to a car wash at 5511 Dolarway Road where they found Cook washing a car that had been reported stolen.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Kenneth Evans reported that Cook told police the car belonged to his fiancee and the stolen report had been filed by the woman’s mother, who said she did not want to press charges against Cook, and just wanted the vehicle back.

Officer Dexter Lunsford, who was questioning Cook, reported seeing small objects in a plastic bag in Cook’s pocket, and when the bag was opened, it contained the pills.

Evans reported that Cook had more than $1,000 in cash in his pocket when he was arrested.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Cook after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of ecstasy with purpose to deliver.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Cook, and told him to come back to court Dec. 3.