Five people were arrested on drug-related charges Tuesday night after Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies served search warrants at two locations.

Five people were arrested on drug-related charges Tuesday night after Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies served search warrants at two locations.


David Kilcrease, 38, of Pine Bluff; Lequieta Houston, 48, of Redfield; and Megan Thompson, 25, of Pine Bluff were all taken into custody at an apartment in the 2100 block of Sidney Street, while Phillip Queen, 31, of Sheridan and Charles Pennington, 52, of Pine Bluff were arrested while they were sitting in a parked vehicle in front of a residence in the 3900 block of U.S. Highway 65 south, Lot. 50.


Tri-County Drug Task Force Sgt. Andy Hoots reported that investigators seized 46.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine, digital scales and a small quantity of suspected marijuana.


According to an affidavit from Hoots, the suspected methamphetamine was found in bags in several locations inside the apartment and when Thompson was interviewed, she allegedly said the suspected drugs belonged to her and Kilcrease.


She also allegedly told deputies that Houston brought methamphetamine to the apartment on occasion.


Houston, who is currently on parole and listed as an absconder, was not interviewed after she asked for an attorney, and the affidavit from Hoots did not mention if Kilcrease was interviewed.


During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Kilcrease had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1994, while Thompson had no prior convictions or pending charges.


According to an affidavit from Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Jennifer Carr, 34 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a handgun and $6,949 was seized from the vehicle that Queen and Pennington were in when investigators arrived to serve the search warrant. The vehicle reportedly belonged to Queen.


The affidavit said another 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine was found inside the house, along with digital scales and a rifle that had been reported stolen Oct. 16. According to a press release from sheriff’s office Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr., $10,895 in cash and multiple weapons were also recovered.


When Pennington was searched for officer safety after the arrest, deputies found $1,000 in cash in his wallet, and Queen had $1,866 in cash in his wallet, according to the affidavit.


Pugh said Queen is currently on parole while Pennington had no prior convictions or pending charges.


Following the court hearings, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled prosecutors had probable cause to charge Klicrease, Thompson and Houston with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.


He set bond for Houston at $10,000 cash but Houston will not be able to post that bond because of the absconder warrant.


Bond for Kilcrease was set at $25,000, while bond for Thompson was set at $10,000.


The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Kilcrease, Houston and Thompson.


Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Pennington with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and theft by receiving and Queen with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.


Bond for Queen was set at $10,000 cash-only, but a parole hold was placed on him and he will not be able to post the bond.


Bond for Pennington was set at $10,000 secured.


Pennington said he would hire his own attorney, while the Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Queen.