Traffic stop results in drug arrest

By Ray King

A traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy in the early morning hours Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a Jefferson County man on drug related charges.

Louis Evans, 63, will have to post a $75,000 cash only bond after Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney on Friday ruled prosecutors have probable cause to charge Evans with trafficking a controlled substance.

Deputy Prosecutor Jay Girard said during the court hearing that Deputy Travis Browning attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Evans after seeing the vehicle cross the center line while making a turn on German Springs Road.

Evans fled into a wooded area and was taken into custody and deputies found three large plastic bags containing a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed a total of 1,410 grams.

Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Cody Musslewhite said the bags were discovered in the same wooded area where Evans fled.

Court records showed that there was an active warrant for Evans for failing to appear for a bench trial in 2020 and there are pending charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm based on an arrest earlier this year.

Evans said he would hire his own attorney.