Two men were arrested on drug charges Saturday after White Hall Police stopped a vehicle for having a fictitious license plate and the driver was unable to provide proof of a drivers license, registration of insurance.

Two men were arrested on drug charges Saturday after White Hall Police stopped a vehicle for having a fictitious license plate and the driver was unable to provide proof of a drivers license, registration of insurance.


Marcos Nava, 22, was driving the vehicle and Damon Simpier, 25, was a passenger when Officer Dustin Summers stopped the vehicle after receiving word from Officer Chris Drye that the license plate on the vehicle did not match the information Drye obtained when he ran the license plate through the Arkansas Crime Information Center database.


According to a probable cause affidavit from Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Dennis Kendall, Simpier was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and Nava for the traffic violations.


After the two were taken to the adult detention center, Summers reported he checked the back seat of his police car and found five plastic bags with red symbols on them that contained suspected cocaine.


Kendall said in the affidavit the suspected cocaine weighed 1.5 grams.


Nava and Simpier denied any knowledge of the alleged drugs.


Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Nava and Simpier after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with possession of a controlled substance.