A $10,000 cash only bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man currently on probation after a loaded handgun was found in the vehicle he was driving.


Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Tony Freeman, 21, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.


According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Jarrell Johnson, he and Detective Chris Sweeny were on patrol in the area of West 30th Avenue and Cedar Street Monday when they saw a black Chevrolet Silverado driven by Freeman turn west on 30th Avenue without using a turn signal.


The officers conducted a traffic stop on the parking lot of Relyance Bank at 30th Avenue and Hazel Street and Johnson reported the smell of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A check of Freeman through the National Crime Information Center and Arkansas Crime Information Center databases showed that Freeman was on probation and had a search warrant waiver on file.


After Freeman and several passengers stepped out of the vehicle, a search was conducted. A Glock Model-23 40-caliber handgun with a 22-round extended magazine was found in the center console and Freeman was placed under arrest.


Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Freeman was placed on probation stemming from a 2017 charge of first-degree battery. He has a current charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm pending.