By Arkansas 911 News Investigative Reporter E’Lyse Golden
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Parker was patrolling near Piney Junction on December 22 around 9:44 am and saw a Dodge Dakota driving without lights on.
Dep. Parker conducted a traffic stop at the Roadrunner gas station and spoke to the driver, Brandon Riddle, 29, of Aspen Street in Hot Springs, passenger Candice Ammons, 36, of Cleo Street in Royal, and another passenger Jerry Hampton. “Jerry” Hampton was later identified as Joshua Hampton, 40, of Buchheit Street in Royal.
Hampton flung his door open and tried to exit the vehicle. Dep. Parker told Hampton to sit back in the vehicle and close the door. All three of the subjects were acting nervous. Riddle had open sores covering his face, consistent with those of methamphetamine users.
Dep. Parker ran Riddle’s information, found that he had a suspended driver’s license, and told all of the occupants to exit the vehicle.
Dep. Parker ran Ammons’s information and found that she had a valid warrant out of Garland County. Ammons was arrested and put in the sheriff vehicle.
Dep. Parker searched the vehicle and found four used syringes, one syringe containing 35ml of methamphetamine, and a spoon with methamphetamine residue.
Dep. Parker went to his vehicle to write a citation and Ammons yelled about a man named “Josh.” Dep. Parker ran Riddle and Hampton on his computer and saw that “Jerry Hampton” didn’t match his photo.
Dep. Parker asked Hampton his name again and he continued to say his name was Jerry Hampton. Hampton couldn’t provide his social security number.
Dep. Parker called him by the name “Josh” and the subject admitted that he was Joshua Hampton and was using his brother’s name. Dep. Parker ran Hampton’s information and found that he had a valid warrant out of Garland County.
Hampton was arrested and placed into the sheriff’s vehicle with Ammons. GCSO Deputy DeLaHunt arrived and Riddle was arrested and placed into Dep. DeLaHunt’s vehicle.
All three subjects were transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
Dep. Parker had Ammons and Hampton exit his vehicle at the detention center. He found a plastic bag containing 0.3 mg of methamphetamine in the rear passenger floorboard of his vehicle where Ammons was sitting.
Hampton is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x 6, and Obstructing Governmental Operations. Bond was set at $18,000.
Riddle is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x 6. Bond was set at $17,500.
Ammons is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance x 2 and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x 7. Bond was set at $23,500.
Brandon Riddle, 29, of Aspen Street in Hot Springs