DURING FRIDAY ARREST PBPD nets drugs, counterfeit cash

Monday, June 15, 2015

By PAT PRATT

Staff Writer

A Poplar Bluff man is in custody following the Friday afternoon discovery by authorities of a wide "array" of controlled substances, a firearm and counterfeit currency.

Poplar Bluff Police are seeking charges of distribution of a controlled substance, possession of counterfeit federal notes, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia against Bruce L. Jordan Jr., 31, of the 20 block of Forest Glen.

According to police reports, Jordan, who had a St. Louis failure to appear warrant for driving while intoxicated, was arrested at 1:50 p.m. Friday after being spotted by police while he was pulling into a driveway in the 900 block of Alice.

A passenger in the vehicle, Tara M. Holloway, 18, of the 1900 block of Alice, also faces a single count of distribution of a controlled substance.

"We had information that Mr. Jordan and accomplices were in the 900 block of Alice Street dealing illegal drugs out of the vehicle," said Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley. "Narcotics and patrol converged on Mr. Jordan and when he exited the car he threw some contraband, which was found. They arrested him and the female also."

Police were granted a search warrant for the vehicle which revealed a .40 caliber handgun, heroin, methamphetamine and "Molly" - a designer drug of several compounds usually containing ecstasy.

"We got a .40 caliber Glock off the street as well as heroin and ecstasy. We know for sure those drugs will not get into the hands of any kids now," said Whiteley.

Due to the location of the alleged crime and Jordan's prior convictions, Chief Whiteley says federal charges could be forthcoming.

"We are going to submit the report to the feds on that. Because it was in proximity of a church and a daycare center, we are going to research if we can up the ante on this one," he said.

During procession at the police station officers discovered a counterfeit $100 bill in Jordan's pocket.

"There was a $100 counterfeit bill discovered and we will be forwarding that to the Secret Service," said Whiteley.

The investigation is expected to be turned over to the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney's Office sometime Saturday afternoon. Court appearance and bond information were not available at press time.

"We always encourage citizens to give us a holler when they see suspicious activity. It may be the one tip we need to culminate an investigation," Whiteley said.

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