Report of suspicious vehicle leads to drug arrest

A report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the 300 block of East 12th Avenue on Wednesday afternoon led to the arrest of a Jefferson County man on drug-related charges.

John Harp, 53, had a small amount of suspected marijuana and methamphetamine in his pocket and wallet, Vice and Narcotics Detective Marquis Blake said in a probable cause affidavit.

According to the affidavit, when police went to check on the truck, it was unoccupied and they saw Harp coming out of a wooded area carrying a hammer and what appeared to be trash.

Blake said that when Harp was searched for officer protection, the suspected marijuana was found in his pocket. A bag containing the suspected methamphetamine was in a pocket in the wallet.

Records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Harp is on probation after being convicted of second offense third-degree domestic battery in 2012.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Harp after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Harp, and he was told to come back to court June 21.