Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by police on a vehicle for loud noise Thursday resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man on drug-related charges.

Terrance Brooks, 23, was stopped in the area of West 19th Avenue and Linden Street and told police his driver’s license was suspended, Detective Jeremy Funderburg said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police saw what appeared to be a blunt (marijuana rolled into a cigar) in plain sight in the vehicle, and a passenger in the vehicle jumped out and ran while Funderburg stayed with Brooks.

According to the affidavit, Detective Richard McCorvy arrived and asked Brooks about the blunt and Brooks allegedly said “that’s not a blunt, that’s a roach,” which gave the officers probable cause to search the vehicle.

Kizer said a black bag containing several smaller bags of suspected marijuana was found under the seat of the vehicle, along with digital scales.

Funderburg said in the affidavit that the total weight of the suspected marijuana was 44 grams.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Brooks with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kizer said identical charges are pending against Brooks as a result of an arrest earlier this year.

Judge Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Brooks, who told the court he would hire his own attorney.

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