Pine Bluff police officers who went to a house in the Dollarway area to serve an arrest warrant Monday seized approximately 10 pounds of suspected marijuana, two shotguns and more than $1,200 in cash during the course of the arrest, according to a PBPD news release.
The arrest warrant was for Deandre Sheppard, 29, who was being sought on multiple drug and weapons charges.
Pine Bluff Detective Jarrell Johnson said in a court affidavit that he and Pine Bluff Detective Aaron Robertson went to Sheppard’s residence, No. 211 Shirley St., to serve the warrant, and when Johnson approached the front door, Sheppard opened it, then closed and locked it.
While Johnson remained at the front door and tried to talk Sheppard into coming out, Robertson went to the back of the house. When other officers and the department’s SWAT team arrived, Sheppard opened the door and surrendered.
When officers entered the house, they noticed that a floor vent in the hallway was ajar, and when they looked inside, saw a large bag of suspected marijuana. After backing out, they waited for a search warrant before reentering. Additional bags of suspected marijuana were located in the trunk of a vehicle that was in the carport.
Johnson reported that the cash was found in a jacket pocket, and police also located two shotguns.
These discoveries led to a more extensive investigation and enough probable cause was found to seize two vehicles that belonged to the suspect. They were a 1977 tan Chevrolet Caprice Classic and a 2007 silver Mercedes Benz 550 series, PBPD Officer Richard Wegner said in a press release Tuesday.
The suspected drugs will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.
Deandre Sheppard was booked into the Jefferson County Jail for possession of control substance with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm by a certain person, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearm.
Following a court hearing Tuesday, his bond was set at $50,000 cash only. A similar cash-only bond was set on the pending charges, and the Department of Community Corrections has placed a parole hold with no bond available on Sheppard.