Report of suspicious activity leads to drug arrest

A report of suspicious activity at the Jefferson/Lincoln County line on Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man who allegedly had drugs in his hat.

Murry Harris, 65, who is currently on probation on drug charges, was a passenger in a maroon Toyota pickup that Sheriff’s Sgt. Andy Hoots stopped at 1:30 p.m.

Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator John Hughes reported that Hoots saw Harris throw two objects out of the-passenger side window of the truck, and when Hoots retrieved them, they were determined to be crack pipes.

During a search of Harris, three rocks of crack cocaine were found in his hat, Hughes said. Hughes reported that the weight of the crack rocks was .05 gram.

Both Harris and the driver of the vehicle had open containers of alcohol in their laps, and neither was interviewed until Wednesday, Hughes said in a probable cause affidavit.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Harris after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Harris said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Feb. 21.

The driver of the truck was released pending further investigation.