A $25,000 bond was set Thursday for a man who allegedly had drugs and a gun in his possession Wednesday night.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Brian Taylor, 44, with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and being a felon in possession of a firearm because of prior convictions.
Taylor was arrested after Arkansas State Tropper Zac Varnell stopped the truck Taylor was driving on Interstate 530 for traveling 90 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.
State Police Special Agent Oscar Bullard said in a probable cause affidavit that Varnell was sitting at mile marker 31 when he saw the truck approaching, then activated his rear radar before pulling the truck over at the 30-mile marker.
Varnell reported seeing the driver, later identified as Taylor, bending over the passenger side as if he was attempting to manipulate something under the seat. He then reported seeing Taylor put a black handgun in an overhead console. Varnell drew his weapon and ordered Taylor to roll down the window; when Taylor did, Varnell reported a strong odor of alcoholic intoxicants.
Bullard said in the affidavit that Varnell administered a portable breath test to Taylor, which produced a reading of 1.1. In Arkansas, a reading of .08 and above is considered legally intoxicated. Taylor also failed to perform a series of field sobriety tests.
After Taylor was placed under arrest, a search of the vehicle was conducted. The trooper found a small black bag containing three bags of “Brainfreeze” K-2, a prescription pill bottle containing nine pink and blue tablets, two plastic baggies containing suspected crack cocaine, two baggies containing suspected powder cocaine, a plastic bag containing 11 blue pills, and a large bag with 10 individually wrapped tablets in it.
A .380-caliber handgun was also in the vehicle.
Bullard said that Taylor allegedly said the “Ecstasy” found in the vehicle was his.
He was taken to the adult detention center, where a second breath alcohol test was performed, resulting in a reading of .087. Taylor was not interviewed because he was under the influence of alcohol.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Taylor had multiple prior convictions dating back to 1994 and continuing until 2005.
Man arrested after suspected meth found
A man was arrested Tuesday after Pine Bluff Police Department vice and narcotics officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that did not have a license plate and found a substance suspected to be meth.
Kenneth Ray Brawdy Jr., 34, was a passenger in the vehicle driven by a woman who Pine Bluff Police Department detectives Michael Battles and Kevin Kirk stopped after seeing the vehicle on the Martha Mitchell Expressway at Hutchinson Street.
Battles said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Thursday that the woman driving the vehicle said she had just bought it. She produced a bill of sale and her driver’s license, but said she did not have insurance.
When asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, the woman allegedly said she had a marijuana pipe.
Battles reported that Brawdy was seen stuffing something in his pocket; when asked, he allegedly said he had “some dope” in his left front pocket. A black pouch containing suspected methamphetamine was recovered by the detectives.
The suspected drugs will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Brawdy Thursday after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance.
The female driver was issued a citation for no proof of insurance and released.