Suspected drugs, gun found after traffic stop

A traffic stop by an Arkansas State Trooper on Tuesday night resulted in the arrest of a man on drug and weapons charges.

Trooper Jerome Sanders stopped a car driven by Frederick Lowe, 25, who was allegedly speeding near the intersection of U.S. 63 and Highway 79B, Sanders said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Wednesday.

Sanders said the car driven by Lowe was clocked at 74 mph in a 55 mph zone, and when he approached Lowe, he detected an odor of alcoholic beverages on Lowe and from inside the vehicle.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Sanders allegedly saw a glass jar containing suspected marijuana in plain sight inside the vehicle and Lowe was asked to exit the vehicle.

Sanders reported that he found a black Smith and Wesson .38-caliber handgun with one round in it, and when he checked Lowe’s record, found that Lowe was a convicted felon.

Kizer said in court that Lowe is on probation.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Lowe after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lowe said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court June 26.