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Hot Springs Police Officer Jonathan Smith reports the following:
On 09/02/19 at approximately 1530 hours I, Off. Jonathan Smith #153, was stopped at the stop sign for Morrison Street and Central Avenue, behind a 2010 maroon Nissan Altima that was attempting to turn southbound on Central Avenue. Both the vehicle and I turned southbound onto Central Avenue, observing the vehicle using the proper turn signals.
As the vehicle moved out of the median of the road way, using it’s right turn signal, to take the inside lane (southbound) of Central Avenue, I observed the vehicle’s right turn signal to remain on. While observing the vehicle, from Morrison Street all the way to Oaklawn Casino (2705 Central Avenue), the driver never attempted to turn off their turn signal nor attempted to switch lanes.
I activated my unit’s emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop in the entrance to Oaklawn Casino where contact was made with the driver and her front passenger (Jima Marshall).
After performing an ACIC check on both females, it was learned the driver did not have a valid driver’s license and Marshall was on parole with an ankle monitor. I asked the driver for her consent to search the vehicle, which she said she didn’t know if she could because it was not her vehicle. I advised her that since she was in control of the vehicle she was responsible for everything inside the vehicle and that she had the right to refuse the search. She stated that there was nothing illegal inside the vehicle and gave her consent to search the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was conducted and inside a purse located on the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle (where Marshall was sitting), I located a small clear plastic case. Inside the case I located a twenty dollar bill and a small clear plastic baggie with contents of a clear crystal substance (field tested positive for the presumed identification of methamphetamine, weighed at the Garland County Detention Center with the baggie 0.6 grams). Inside the center console I located a small plastic baggie with a yellow butterfly shaped object inside. The object was soaked in an unknown substance and placed in evidence until further investigation can be completed.
Because of where the meth was located and being in reach of Marshall, she was placed into custody (handcuffed behind her back, checked for fit, and double locked), transported to the GCDC, and charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), with a bond amount of $2,500.