Suspicious activity leads to drug arrest

Police vice and narcotics officers on routine patrol in an area known for drug activity chased down and arrested a Pine Bluff man after they reported seeing him acting suspiciously.

Officers reported seeing Ricky Curry, 24, who was placed on five years probation in April on drug charges, approach a car in the area of West 26th Avenue and Laurel Street. When the officers got out of their own vehicle and identified themselves, Curry allegedly fled on foot.

Detective Michael Battles said in a probable-cause affidavit that Curry ran across the parking lot of a store at 27th Avenue and Olive Street and was caught on the parking lot of Taco Bell at 28th Avenue and Olive Street.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Curry had two small bags of suspected marijuana, a set of black digital scales and $603 cash when he was taken into custody.

Detective Richard McCorvy, who was with Battles, walked through the area that Curry had run through, and found a plastic bag containing several bags of suspected marijuana, Battles said in the affidavit. He said a witness, who was not identified, reported seeing Curry run through the parking lot of the business.

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

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Curry and told him to come back to court June 27.