Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Mountain Pine Police Officer Loy reports that he was on patrol in the area of Blakely Dam Road August 24, 2021, around 9PM, when he found a truck being operated on public streets with no license plate light. He turned on the blue lights and conducted a traffic stop on the truck at the intersection of 9th Avenue at Ouachita Street.
Off. Loy made contact with the driver, Shawn Tac Rodriguez, 41, of Lemming Lane in Garland County, and the passenger Jessica Ellen Rodriguez (Lunsford) (Rowlett), 31, of Jackpot Lane in Garland County. The driver said that he was not aware of the light problem.
Sergeant Hendrix arrived to assist. Off. Loy checked both people through the police computer. The check revealed that Mr. Rodriguez was on parole with a valid search waiver on file. Ms. Rodriguez’s check came back clear. Both people were moving around in their seats, they appeared nervous and were acting suspicious the whole time.
Both occupants were asked to exit the vehicle. Ms. Rodriguez grabbed a backpack on her way out of the truck. Off. Loy told her to put it back in the truck and leave it alone. She left it and said that a gun was in the backpack. Both occupants were detained and the truck was searched.
The backpack was on the rear floor center of the truck, within reach of both occupants.
Ms. Rodriguez was Mirandized and then quizzed about the gun. She said that she bought it and gave it to Parolee Rodriguez because he is a felon and is prohibited from having firearms. She also said that his parole officer came to the house looking for the gun. Officers searched the backpack and found the gun loaded with 6 rounds in the magazine and 1 in the chamber. Inside the backpack, they also located a glass smoking pipe with white residue and a small baggie of meth.
Both occupants were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Parolee Rodriguez is charged with Felony Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons with bond set at $5,000.
Ms. Rodriguez is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, Felony Possession Of Meth and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and was initially being held without bond.