Two arrested on drug and theft charges

By Ray King

Two Pine Bluff men arrested Tuesday after a reported theft at a business will have to post $7,500 cash-only bonds to be released from the adult detention center while formal charges are filed against them.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling probable cause exists to charge Antonio Williams, 46, with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and Dennis Heard, 45, with theft of property and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

During the court hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Beth Carson said officers were sent to the Dollar Tree on Olive Street where an employee reported that a man later identified as Heard had left the store with two baskets of products. The clerk was able to give police a license plate number for a vehicle the man got in that left the scene and it returned to a house on Adventure Drive.

Carson said police went to the house to see if they could locate the vehicle.

She said the pills tested positive for MDMA and weighed 14.6 grams and the rock-like substance tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 4.6. grams.

Heard has two pending cases involving drug-related offenses and Williams has a pending case of second offense third-degree domestic battery and violating an order of protection. The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent both men.