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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Reporter Steven Starr
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Ward reports that he was patrolling the 700 block of Central Avenue on August 14, 2020 around 10:40PM, when he observed a man walking who he believed to be wanted on criminal charges. Off. Ward conducted a check of the suspect, John M. Crites, 26, of Hickory Street in Hot Springs. The check revealed that Mr. Crites had a valid Theft By Receiving warrant out of Hot Springs
Off. Ward made contact with Mr. Crites and advised him that he had a warrant for his arrest. Mr. Crites then began to walk away from the officer. He was told again that he is under arrest and to stop. Mr. Crites continued to walk away. The officer drew his taser and ordered him to stop for a third time. Mr. Crites again disregarded Off. Ward’s orders. At that time back up officers arrived on scene and Mr. Crites was arrested.
Officers conducted a search of Mr. Crites and his belongings. Officers report that they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from his backpack. Officers located a blue makeup bag inside the backpack during the search. Inside the makeup bag, officers located a clear bag containing a white powdery substance (approximately 54 grams). The white powdery substance field tested positive for cocaine. Also in the bag were 2 smaller bags containing a white powdery substance (approximately 1 gram each). The powdery substance in both bags field tested positive for cocaine. 3 clear bags containing 35 yellow pills later identified as Xanax, were located in the bag. A bag containing 42 pills of various shapes and sized later identified as ecstasy, were also located in the makeup bag. Inside the backpack, officers located a black bag containing marijuana (approximately 25 grams). Officers also located 11 liquid marijuana packages (approximately 1000 milligrams each), a digital scale, and a Crown Royal bag containing approximately $12,000. Mr. Crites also had approximately $579 in his wallet.
Mr. Crites was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Possession With Intent To Distribute Meth/Cocaine, Felony Possession With Intent To Distribute a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance Not Meth/Cocaine, Felony Possession Of A Schedule VI Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession Of A Schedule IV Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver with bond initially set at $19,500.