Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges after the deputy reported seeing suspected marijuana in the vehicle.

Cedarius Joyner, 24, was stopped at West Barraque and Bay streets by Deputy Courtney Kelly because he was not wearing a seat belt, Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Danny Fletcher said in a probable cause affidavit.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing Thursday that Kelly saw suspected marijuana on the front seat of the vehicle, and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Fletcher said deputies found two bags of suspected marijuana, weighing a total of 53 grams, and a set of digital scales in the vehicle.

When he was questioned, Joyner allegedly said the scales and marijuana were his, Achorn said.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $2,500 bond for Joyner, who has no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joyner said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court July 11.