Suspected drug transaction leads to arrest

Off-duty police officers working security on the parking lot of P.J.’s Nightclub early Saturday morning witnessed what they believed was a drug transaction, and arrested a Pine Bluff man after finding suspected methamphetamine and Oxycontin in his vehicle.

Kasey Barker, 26, who is currently on probation, was behind the wheel of a car where the suspected drug transaction took place, Detective Richard McCorvy said in a probable cause affidavit.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said detectives found a bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and another bag containing 15 pills suspected to be Oxycontin.

Barker is on probation on charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threatening, Kizer said.

Because of those prior charges, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Barker after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Barker said he would hire his own attorney.