Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by police early Wednesday morning resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man on drug-related charges.

Kenneth Dorn, 43, allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at West 13th Avenue and Hazel Street at 1:53 a.m., and was stopped by a police officer who saw the violation, Vice and Narcotics Detective Kenneth Evans said in a probable-cause affidavit.

During a court hearing for Dorn on Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the officer reported a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from inside the vehicle, and a bag containing suspected marijuana was in plain sight.

Evans said in a probable-cause affidavit that Dorn had a suspended driver’s license, and when he was searched for officer safety, a small bag containing suspected crack cocaine was found.

Kizer said Dorn has been to the penitentiary three times, including one conviction for murder in 2003, had two active failure to appear warrants, and multiple other failures to appear.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Dorn after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

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