Almost $10,000 in cash, a vehicle and a large quantity of suspected marijuana were seized Tuesday afternoon following an investigation by Pine Bluff Police Vice and Narcotics detectives.
Toure Dorn, 24, of Grapevine, had been under surveillance by detectives after they received information that he was selling marijuana by the pound. According to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Police Detective Michael Battles, Lt. Marcus Smith and Battles saw Dorn driving a 2005 green BMW on the Martha Mitchell Expressway and followed the vehicle to Econo Lodge, where he entered a room carrying a red backpack and a black vacuum sealer.
Battles reported that Dorn stayed in the room for about 30 minutes carrying the backpack while other detectives conducted surveillance. Battles and Smith then followed the car driven by Dorn and conducted a traffic stop when they saw Dorn drive left of center.
When they approached the car, detectives reported a very strong odor of suspected marijuana, and after asking Dorn to step out, searched the vehicle. The red backpack contained three vacuum sealed bags of suspected marijuana, and Dorn was carrying $9,515 in cash.
Detectives Richard McCorvy and Michael Brown continued surveillance of the room until Sgt. Jason Howard reported that a search warrant had been signed by Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney.
After entering the room, detectives reported finding the vacuum sealer, a U.S. Postal Service package that contained three vacuum sealed bags of suspected marijuana, and two Famous Amos cookie boxes that also contained suspected marijuana. The total weight of the suspected marijuana was 1,814 grams.
According to a press release from police, the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.
Dorn appeared before Kearney Thursday morning in Pine Bluff District Court, and the judge set a $25,000 bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Dorn with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Battles said in the affidavit that Dorn acknowledged that the suspected marijuana was in the vehicle and that he had the money but was not questioned after he asked for an attorney.
The suspected marijuana will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.