Suspected marijuana found after traffic stop

Almost a pound of suspected marijuana was found in a vehicle that Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators stopped Wednesday and a passenger in the vehicle was arrested on felony drug charges, authorities said.

Roylandis Williams, 28, allegedly admitted that the marijuana was his, Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Danny Fletcher said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said the suspected marijuana was found in a large bag under the front passenger seat where Williams had been sitting, and weighed a total of 15.9 ounces.

Fletcher said in the affidavit the vehicle was stopped for displaying a fictitious license plate, and when investigators approached the vehicle, they detected the odor of marijuana.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a 5,000 bond for Williams after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

Although a bond was set for Williams, he will not be able to post it because Kearney also told Williams that the Department of Correction had issued an absconder warrant charging him with violating conditions of his parole.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Williams.