Traffic stop yields gun possession arrest

A Pine Bluff man was taken into custody Tuesday morning after a traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office corporal turned up a loaded handgun in the possession of the man ,who was determined to be a convicted felon.

JCSO Sgt. Mickey Buffkin said in a probable-cause affidavit that Cpl. Dorothy Rowland pulled over a red Chevrolet Astro van driven by Leon Brazell, 46, and determined that the vehicle was displaying fictitious plates and that Brazell’s driver’s license was expired because of an active warrant from district court.

Buffkin said that when the officer asked Brazell if there was anything in the vehicle before her conducting an inventory search he allegedly said that he had a handgun under the driver’s seat. Upon inspection, Buffkin said, the officer discovered a handgun under the seat loaded with fiverounds.

On Thursday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Brazell after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Brazell and he was told to report back to court Aug. 27.