Suspect accused of bringing marijuana into jail

Although they didn’t find the man they were looking for Tuesday, Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators ended up arresting a man on felony drug charges after the man handed a jail deputy a bag containing suspected marijuana.

Sgt. Mickey Buffkin and Investigators Randy Jackson and Kaleisha Wise had gone to 801 Wisconsin St., Tuesday attempting to locate a person, and saw Matthew King, 18, and another man sitting in a white SUV with suspected marijuana in plain sight inside the vehicle, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during a court hearing for King on Thursday.

She said both King and the other man were arrested on a misdemeanor possession charge, and were warned at that time that if they had any more drugs on them and carried them into the jail, they would be charged with a separate offense.

King allegedly said he didn’t have any more drugs but when he was taken to the jail and asked again at the booking area, he allegedly pulled out a small plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and handed it to a jail deputy.

Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Danny Fletcher said in a probable cause affidavit the suspected marijuana weighed 2.4 grams.

Although King had initially been charged with furnishing prohibited articles, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney agreed to Gieringer’s request and changed the charge to possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, a Class D felony.

Kearney set a $5,000 bond for King and appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent him.