Shoplifting suspect arrested on drug charges

A Pine Bluff man who was detained by the manager of a convenience store after allegedly stealing a bag of chips was arrested on felony drug charges Thursday night.

Alex Thomas Jr., 20, reportedly told police who asked what was in a bag hanging out of his pocket that the bag contained “weed,” Police Vice and Narcotics Detective Mario Brown reported.

In a probable cause affidavit presented in court Friday, Brown also reported that when Thomas was asked if he had any more drugs, he reportedly said “I think so, check my other pockets.”

According to the affidavit, police were sent to the Citgo Circle In on West 28th Avenue at 10:04 p.m. and when they arrived, saw the manager holding Thomas by the wrist.

Brown reported that after Thomas told officers to check his other pockets, they found a second bag containing suspected marijuana in one pocket, and a plastic bag containing a substance that Thomas allegedly said was “crack” and field tested positive for crack cocaine.

The total weight of the marijuana was listed at 37.1 grams and the weight of the cocaine was 1.2 grams, Brown said in the probable cause affidavit.

He also reported that Thomas was not interviewed because he said he “had smoked marijuana recently.”

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Thomas after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

Thomas was also charged with failure to appear in district court, a misdemeanor.

Kearney told Thomas, who said he would hire his own attorney, to come back to court Dec. 21.