Three people were arrested Thursday on drug-related charges after Pine Bluff police vice and narcotics officers made a traffic stop on West 28th Avenue.
Brandon Peterson, 36, of Redfield, Caitlin Bunting, 21, and Ashton Whitcomb, 21, both of Pine Bluff, were all taken into custody after Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Kevin Kirk and Sgt. David Vilches, who were at the intersection of West 34th Avenue and Catalpa Street, saw black SUV driven by Peterson and blaring loud music.
Kirk reported that when the SUV was stopped, Peterson said he had forgotten his driver’s license, and Vilches saw a small clear plastic bag containing a rock-like substance partially concealed under the driver’s side seat.
After Peterson got out of the vehicle, he was searched, and detectives reported finding a small clear bag of suspected methamphetamine ice in his pocket. They also located a set of digital scales and nine unused insulin syringes in the vehicle. Kirk reported that the total weight of the suspected methamphetamine ice was 23.3 grams.
The suspected drugs will be sent to the State Crime Laboratory for analysis.
Bunting and Whitcomb were in a second vehicle, a Dodge Charger, that Peterson allegedly waved into a parking lot on West 28th Avenue. After the vehicle sat there for approximately 45 minutes, police checked it.
Bunting, who was driving, allegedly told Pine Bluff Police Department Detective James Huff that she was waiting on someone to bring her money, and when she was looking for her driver’s license, Pine Bluff Police Department Sgt. Jason Howard saw a brown pill bottle with the label torn off that contained something wrapped in clear plastic.
Huff’s K-9 partner, Sgt. Zeke, conducted an air sniff on the vehicle and alerted on both the driver’s and passenger doors. Detectives found new and used syringes, along with several plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine residue in them.
Both Bunting and Whitcomb claimed ownership of the syringes.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 bond for Peterson Friday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine. A $10,000 bond was set for Bunting and a $5,000 bond for Whitcomb on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.