By Ray King

A $50,000 cash-only bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man on drug-related charges.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Eric Hicks, 41, with possession of methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver, possession of fentanyl with a purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reading from an affidavit from White Hall Maj. Mickey Buffkin, Deputy Prosecutor Beth Carson said on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m., officers were sent to the Holiday Inn Express on Sheridan Road in reference to a subject who was refusing to leave and causing a disturbance in the lobby.

Offices had been to that business earlier in the day in reference to Hicks refusing to leave and damaging the property but were not able to locate him. When they went back the second time, an employee told them Hicks was on the side of the building in a black truck.

Buffkin reported that when officers started to take Hicks to the patrol car h continued to resist and pulled away.

Carson said the fentanyl weighed 4.4 grams and the pill bottle contained 14 green and white pills that tested positive for fentanyl and weighed 7:31 grams.

She said Hicks has a prior conviction for residential burglary and is on a suspended sentence on that offense. He was told to come back to court on Jan. 13.