A traffic stop by police vice and narcotics officers Wednesday in the Dollarway area resulted in the arrest of a man on drug-related charges.

A traffic stop by police vice and narcotics officers Wednesday in the Dollarway area resulted in the arrest of a man on drug-related charges.


Michael James, 21, allegedly had suspected methamphetamine in a can, Detective William Ablondi said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Thursday.


Prosecutor S. Kyle Hunter said detectives were in the area of Huckenhall and Jones streets when they saw a Chevrolet driven by James, who was not wearing a seat belt.


According to the affidavit, the detectives tried to catch up with the Chevrolet, which sped up and made several turns before pulling into a driveway on Bullock Street.


Hunter said Ablondi saw James make several movements toward the backseat of the vehicle and said James was unable to provide a driver’s license, proof of insurance or vehicle registration.


Ablondi said in the affidavit that he asked James if he had anything illegal and James allegedly said he had a can of snuff in his back pocket. When Ablondi checked the can, he found a syringe and four bags of suspected methamphetamine residue.


When detectives searched the car, they found a Crown Royal bag containing two digital scales.


According to the affidavit, the suspected methamphetamine weighed 0.9 grams and will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.


Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for James after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent James, who Hunter said has no prior convictions or pending charges.