Traffic stop leads to drug arrest


A Pine Bluff man was arrested Wednesday after a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy reported finding a set of digital scales with white powder on it on the man’s person.

Henry Rice, 25, was a passenger in a car that Deputy Courtney Kelly stopped for a traffic violation at Highway 79 and Highway 63.

After finding the digital scales, Kelly contacted Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Danny Fletcher, who responded to the scene and tested the white powder, which tested positive for cocaine.

In addition to the drug-related allegation, records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Rice is currently on probation and a petition has been filed to revoke that probation.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Rice after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Rice, and he was told to come back to court June 21.