Suspected cocaine found on man booked into jail


A Pine Bluff man who was arrested early Sunday on misdemeanor charges also faces felony accusations after officers at the jail reported finding suspected cocaine in his pocket.

John Marshall, 33, was arrested by off-duty police officers who were working on the parking lot of P. J.’s Nightclub at 3:34 a.m., after he allegedly tried to swallow a suspected marijuana cigarette that the officers had seen in his vehicle.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Jason Howard said in a probable-cause affidavit that Marshall was taken to the adult detention center and resisted officers there when they tried to pat him down for security purposes.

Howard said in the affidavit that a small bag containing suspected cocaine was found in Marshall’s right front pocket. The suspected cocaine weighed .06 grams, Howard said.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Marshall has several prior felony convictions. According to records at the prosecutor’s office, those prior convictions date back to 1997 and include theft by receiving, robbery, theft of property, residential burglary, aggravated assault and theft by receiving.

Pine Bluff District John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Marshall on Monday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance and furnishing prohibited articles inside a correctional facility.

Marshall said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court July 15.