Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by Pine Bluff Police vice and narcotics detectives Monday resulted in the arrest of a man who is on probation on drug-related charges.

Jason Bowers, 30, failed to stop at a stop sign in the area of 20th Avenue and Linden Street, and when police pulled him over near 16th Avenue and Linden Street, he told them his driver’s license was suspended, detectives April Tirado and Bret Ward said in a probable-cause affidavit.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Wednesday that when the officers asked Bowers if there was anything illegal in his vehicle, he told them to “look under the seat, I’m a (drug) runner.”

Tirado and Ward said in the affidavit they found three clear bags under the seat, one of them containing a smaller bag, both with suspected marijuana in them, and two bags containing suspected cocaine.

Kizer said Bowers has an extensive criminal history and is on probation on drug-related charges as well as for failure to stop after an accident involving injury or death.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Bowers after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

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