Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by Pine Bluff Police on Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a man on drug related charges.

Brandon Whyte, 22, allegedly had 29 grams of suspected marijuana in his vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia including digital scales and sandwich bags, Detective Marquis Blake said in a probable cause affidavit.

During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police stopped the car Whyte was driving for making an improper turn. When they asked for his driver’s license, he said he did not have one.

In addition, the license plate on the vehicle and the vehicle identification number did not match. Whyte was placed under arrest.

During a search of the vehicle after the arrest, the suspected drugs and other items were found, Kizer said.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Whyte, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whyte said he would hire his own attorney.