Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Corporal May reports the following:
On 08/16/19 at approximately 0417 hours, I (Cpl. Kenny May #131) conducted a traffic stop on a dark green 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck in the 400 block of Winona Street.
Prior to the stop, I was facing west at the stop sign on Winona St. at the intersection with Central Avenue. I observed the truck traveling northbound on Central Ave. before turning east onto Winona St. without using a right turn signal. In my rearview mirror, I then observed the truck to be missing a tail light. I conducted a traffic stop based on those facts.
I made contact with the driver and sole occupant of the truck (Roberta Shafer).
During our conversation, Shafer informed me that she had methamphetamine in her purse. She added that it was in a mint can. I located the mint can inside her purse, which was located in the seat next to where she was seated. Inside the mint can, I located a small baggie with a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine. Also in the purse was a piece of cloth wrapped around a glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine.
After transporting Shafer to the Garland County Detention Center, the crystalline substance was field-tested and showed a positive reaction for the presumptive identification of methamphetamine. It weighed 1.8 grams.
Ms. Shafer is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, with a bond amount totaling $5,000.