A $50,000 bond was set Friday for a White Hall man arrested on drug charges Wednesday.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Jimmy Howard, 55, with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a probable cause affidavit from White Hall Police Detective Sgt. Celena Harbison, Howard was arrested after White Hall Officer Harley Herron conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Howard was driving on U.S. 270.
Herron reported a strong odor of marijuana coming from Howard’s vehicle.
During a search, a clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, a green plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine and a container with a wax-like substance were found inside. Also found were two glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, a metal smoking pipe with wax residue on it and a set of digital scales.
Harbison said in the affidavit that the suspected marijuana weighed 8.7 grams. The wax-like substance tested positive for THC and weighed 35.4 grams and the suspected methamphetamine weighed 8.7 grams.
The suspected drugs will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Howard has had multiple prior drug arrests dating back to 1997 and has been to prison three times.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Howard.