Probable cause found to charge Warren man with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

By: Ray King

A traffic stop by Tri-County Drug Task Force investigators Monday night resulted in the arrest of a Warren man on drug related charges.

Investigator Cody Musselwhite reported that he, Sgt. Fred Green and Investigator Joseph O’Neal were on South Olive Street at about 9:15 p.m. when they saw a tan GMC driven by Derek Simmons, 34, cross the center line twice.

They conducted a traffic stop and when they checked Simmons’ driver’s license information, found that he was on felony probation in another county and had a search warrant waiver on file. During a search of the vehicle, investigators found 17.1 grams of a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine and clear plastic bags.

The suspected drugs will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory at Little Rock for analysis.

During the court hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said Simmons was placed on probation in Bradley County in 2017 on drug related charges.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Simmons 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 Simmons.

Derek Simmons