Suspected marijuana found after traffic stop

A traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy early Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly had a large quantity of marijuana in his vehicle.

Fernand Gardner, 31, was stopped by Deputy Rick Conyers at 39th Avenue and Olive Street at 5:11 a.m., after the vehicle Gardner was driving allegedly struck a curb, Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Chris Dyne said in a probable cause affidavit.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Gardner was arrested for DWI, and during an inventory of the vehicle, deputies found the drugs.

Drye said in the affidavit that deputies found a large brownish bag containing two large bundles of suspected marijuana wrapped in tin foil and plastic wrap. A small plastic bag containing suspected marijuana was found under the driver’s seat.

When Gardner was interviewed, he denied the suspected marijuana was his, saying he had loaned his vehicle to another person and had just gotten it back.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Gardner after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver.

Gardner said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court May 20.