A traffic stop by Arkansas State Police early Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of two Little Rock men on drug-related charges.
Earnest Gauss, 40, and Kenny Trice, 46, were in a maroon Cadillac Trooper when Trooper Ryan Felton stopped them after pacing the vehicle at 80 mph in a 65-mph zone at 12:08 a.m. on Interstate 530.
Felton reported that Gauss, who was driving, said his driver’s license had been suspended for driving while intoxicated, and Gauss reportedly smelled like intoxicants. Gauss registered a 0.10 on a portable breath alcohol test (0.08 is the legal limit), but successfully passed a series of field sobriety tests.
Gauss was arrested after Felton learned that there were two misdemeanor warrants for him: One from Jefferson County and the second from Sherwood.
While he was being searched following the arrest, Felton reportedly found five clear plastic bags in Gauss’ back pocket. Gauss reportedly said he used them for marijuana, but Felton reported that the bags were clean and contained no residue.
Felton reported that Trice was also asked to get out of the vehicle because of the intoxicant smell, and Felton found two half-empty beer bottles that were still cold at Trice’s feet.
In the center console of the vehicle, Felton reported finding a plastic sack containing a bag of a green vegetable substance that field tested positive for marijuana, a set of digital scales and a bag containing a white, rock-like substance that field tested positive for cocaine.
When Trice was searched, troopers found another bag containing a green vegetable substance that field tested positive for marijuana.
Felton reported that the total weight of the marijuana was 27 grams and the cocaine weighed six grams.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Gauss and for Trice on Monday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge both of them with possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver and possession of cocaine.
Both Gauss and Trice, who each had prior drug convictions, said they would hire their own attorneys and were told to come back to court Jan. 14.