Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman
At 6:30 in the morning on 10/06/2019, Hot Springs Police Officer Plummer allegedly noticed a car driving without headlights on East Grand Avenue. After a few blocks, Off. Plummer pulled the vehicle over near South Border Street.
Off. Plummer allegedly smelled marijuana while speaking with the driver, Elizabeth Marie Catlett, 29, of Park Avenue in Hot Springs. Ms. Catlett allegedly did not stop moving around while talking to the officer. Off. Plummer asked if there were any drugs in the vehicle, which Ms. Catlett said no.
Ms. Catlett was asked to step out of the vehicle and be searched. Off. Plummer allegedly found a small plastic wrapped baggie with small scraps of paper that contained meth, a straw cut into smaller pieces that contained meth residue, and several plastic baggies that contained residue in her front coin pocket. Ms. Catlett allegedly said that the items found in her pants were not hers, and that someone had put them there.
The passenger, Don Furr, 33, of Highway 128 in Lonsdale, when quizzed, allegedly admitted to officers that there may be “ice” in the car’s console.
Officers checked the glove box and allegedly found a small zippered bag with a glass smoking pipe with burn marks and burnt residue, a small plastic bag with meth and several q-tips. A plastic container with more scraps of paper containing meth were also allegedly found in the driver’s seat. A purse was found behind the driver’s seat with more scraps of paper and baggies with meth, and a butane lighter.
Mr. Furr and Ms. Catlett were both arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
The meth found had a total weight of 0.5 grams.
After being read his Miranda Rights at the detention center, Mr. Furr allegedly admitted to using meth around 11PM the night before with Ms. Catlett, before going to the hospital to see her brother. He is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth with Intent To Deliver and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, with a bond amount totaling $13,500.
Ms. Catlett was read her Miranda Rights at the detention center after being administered her field sobriety test and did not provide a breath sample for a breath test. She allegedly said that if she “pops hot” it would be because her brother fed her a sandwich that had meth in it, and that he may have put some meth in her drink while they were at the hospital earlier also. It is also noted that the officer allegedly noticed possible intravenous track marks on her left arm and damage to her teeth that is usually seen on people that smoke meth. She is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth With Intent To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, DWI #1, and Refusal To Submit with a bond amount totaling $14,500.