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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Off. J. Smith reports that he was on patrol in the area of Oak Street when he found a 1996 Honda Accord that failed to use it’s turn signal, drove 5 Mph over the speed limit on wet pavement and was riding on a spare tire. He stopped the car on Hobson Avenue.
Contact was made with the driver. HSPD Officer Nunez arrived quickly to assist. He made contact with the passenger, Moriah Jasmin Ward, 31, of Rector Street in Hot Springs. Ms. Ward’s mouth was shaking and she would not make eye contact during the visit. Off. N Nunez asked if there was anything in the vehicle. She whispered “yes”. Off Nunez had her step out of the car. She whispered again and said that it was in her belt buckle.
Off. Nunez retrieved 2 baggies containing 20 grams of meth from behind her belt buckle. Ms. Ward was arrested.
The driver was detained and the car was searched. Officers located a glass smoking pipe inside the vehicle. Ms. Ward claimed the pipe.
The disposition of the driver is not indicated in the arrest report. Ms. Ward was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. She is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond amount totaling $7,500.