Two Jefferson County men were arrested Saturday on drug related charges after 28 grams of suspected marijuana alledgedly was found in their vehicle after a traffic stop.
Demarcus Holmes, 25, of Tucker and Demondre Burton, 27, of Pine Bluff were stopped by Arkansas State Trooper Dustin Thompson on U.S. 79 north, after Thompson’s radar indicated the car driven by Holmes was speeding, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday.
State Police Special Agent Oscar Bullard said in a probable-cause affidavit that the car was traveling 65 mph in a 55-mph zone when Thompson pulled it over.
Kizer said Thompson noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle, and during a patdown for officer safety, found $3,277 cash in Burton’s pocket. Holmes allegedly had $3,819 cash in his pocket.
Bullard said in the affidavit that troopers found a Mason jar containing two plastic bags of suspected marijuana in the driver’s side door, weighing 12.4 grams total, and 11 individual bags of suspected marijuana weighing 13. 89 grams in the passenger side of the vehicle.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set bond at $25,000 each for Holmes and Burton after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.
Both Holmes and Burton said they would hire their own attorneys and they were told to come back to court June 3.