Suspected marijuana found after traffic stop


A traffic stop led to a motorist’s arrest Wednesday after suspected marijuana and a gun were found in the man’s vehicle.

Pine Bluff Police Detective Richard McCorvy said in a probable cause affidavit that detectives tried to stop the vehicle driven by Ricky Freeman, 20, at Sixth Avenue and Blake Street and the vehicle continued traveling at a slow speed for several blocks before pulling into the parking lot of a business.

McCorvy said investigators noticed movement inside the vehicle before it stopped, and when they approached it, they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the inside.

After Freeman was taken out of the vehicle, investigators found a backpack in the driver’s front floorboard that contained a Mason jar with the suspected marijuana in it, along with an empty plastic bag, McCorvy said.

A .380-semiautomatic pistol and a set of digital scales were in the console of the vehicle, the affidavit said.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Freeman after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

During the court hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Freeman had a prior marijuana conviction in 2011.

Freeman said he would hire his own attorney.