Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by police Friday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man on drug-related charges.

Cherry Shaw, 32, was driving a car that Vice and Narcotics Officers Michael Battles and Richard McCorvy saw make a left turn without using a turn signal in the area of 13th Avenue and Plum Street, Battles said in a probable-cause affidavit.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said that when officers approached the car, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and removed both Shaw and a passenger from the vehicle.

Battles said in the affidavit that Shaw had a bag of suspected marijuana in his pocket, and a second bag of suspected marijuana under the seat of the vehicle. The total weight of the suspected marijuana was 22 grams.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Shaw after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

The judge declined to appointed an attorney for Shaw, and told him to come back to court Sept. 20.