Police Vice and Narcotics officers on patrol Wednesday afternoon arrested two men on drug charges after a high-speed chase at speeds of more than 60 mph on the west side of Pine Bluff.
Cordero Aytch, 22, and Stancio Shelton, 23, were taken into custody after both ran from the vehicle, Detective Jason Howard said in a probable cause affidavit.
Howard reported that he and Detective Marquis Blake saw a car turn south off Fig Street without using a turn signal, then run a stop sign at West 14th Avenue and Fig Street. When officers activated their blue lights to try and stop the car, the driver ran, running several stop signs before stopping at West 16th Avenue and Oakwood Road, where Aytch jumped out of the passenger side of the car, Howard said.
According to the affidavit, Aytch dropped a baseball cap and a clear plastic bag containing a green vegetable substance on the ground while running.
Shelton also jumped out on the passenger side of the car and ran, Howard said, and the detective reported seeing Shelton throw a gallon size plastic bag over a fence before Blake was able to catch him.
After both Aytch and Shelton were in custody, officers retrieved the gallon size bag, which also contained a green vegetable substance.
Howard reported that the substance in both bags field-tested positive for marijuana, and had a total weight of 4.55 ounces.
When Shelton was interviewed, he rtold officers that the bags of marijuana were his, Howard reported, and also said he did not know the driver of the car, who left while Howard and Blake were chasing Aytch and Shelton.
Aytch was not interviewed after he asked for an attorney.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for both Aytch and Shelton after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with possession of a controlled substance.
Both men were told to come back to court March 28.