PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - After an investigation into missing drugs at the Pine Bluff Animal Control, police have issued a warrant for the director for allegedly stealing the drugs.
According to court documents, Hodges Stewart has a warrant for his arrest after an investigation by the DEA and Pine Bluff Police Department revealed that a "substantial amount" of ketamine, a Schedule III drug, went missing. Police allege that Stewart took 87 bottles of ketamine, which is normally used to euthanize animals.
In April, the Pine Bluff Commercial reported that city alderman Steven Mays asked Mayor Shirley Washington and Police Chief Ivan Whitfield to allow Stewart to return back to work. He was suspended without pay after the DEA and police investigation became public.
Both the narcotics division of the Pine Bluff Police Department and the DEA are conducting separate investigations. We will keep you updated on any new information in the case.