Headline: Two arrested for trying to smuggle items into jail

Byline: By Ray King of The Commercial Staff

Two Pine Bluff men were arrested Tuesday after they allegedly attempted to smuggle items into the adult detention center.

Waukeen Johnson, 27, and Calvin Rucker, 32, were accused of being involved in two separate incidents over a two-day period.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Joseph O’Neal, Johnson came into the adult detention center Tuesday and dropped off what appeared to be a tube of medication for Johnson’s girlfriend, who is locked up at the jail. The medication was in a box and when a nurse at the detention center took the tube out of the box, she noticed that the tube appeared to have been cut open and then glued back together.

Johnson had left the building and gotten into a vehicle driven by Rucker and deputies conducted a traffic stop a short distance away.

Rucker was identified as the person who had dropped off a box of Preparation H medication for the same prisoner on Monday. That tube had also been cut open and then glued back.

Each tube contained a small amount of tobacco and a small packet of suspected cocaine. The suspected drugs will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.

On Thursday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Johnson and a $75,000 bond for Rucker after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with furnishing prohibited articles and possession of a controlled substance.