Suspect in Wednesday drug bust makes initial court appearance

A Pine Bluff man arrested Wednesday after police found 16 pounds of marijuana in his residence made his initial court appearance Friday.

Police also found two semi-automatic rifles, $3,000 in cash and two smoking pipes when they served a search warrant at 3605 Missouri St., Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during the court appearance for Terron Williams, 24.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Mario Brown said in a probable cause affidavit that officers forced their way into the house when no one answered the door, and located Williams in the front part of the house.

On Wednesday, Capt. Billy “Skip” Elliott said officers found 11 bags of a substance that field tested positive for marijuana in a black bag in the southeast corner bedroom. Each of the bags weighed between 1.4 and 1.6 pounds. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at $25,000.

The guns and cash were located in the same bedroom.

In addition to the drugs, guns and cash, Vice and Narcotics Detective Lt. James Golden said investigators also found financial records from the house which “will take the investigation in another direction.”

Police Chief Jeff Hubanks has focused on significant drug dealers as a way to reduce crime in Pine Bluff.

“We’re going to drum the drug dealers out to prison or out of town and we hope they leave town but we want to let them know we’re coming,” Hubanks said Wednesday.

At Kizer’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Williams after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Williams with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with purpose to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Williams, and told him to come back to court April 12.