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Hot Springs Police K-9 Officer J. Smith & Bear were on patrol in the area of Valley Street Saturday around 10PM when they allegedly saw a white Chevrolet Colorado make an improper turn. Off. Smith stopped the Colorado in the Taco Bell Parking Lot on Grand Avenue.
Contact was made with the driver, Michael Scott Barido, 25, of Park Avenue in Hot Springs, and a female passenger. Off. Smith says that Mr. Barido appeared very nervous and that his hands were shaking continuously as he looked for the vehicle’s paperwork. Off. Smith asked him for permission to search the vehicle. Mr. Barido allegedly refused the consent search. At that point, Off. Smith informed him that the dog was going to conduct a narcotics sniff of the vehicle and for the 2 occupants to disembark.
The report says that “Mr. Barido’s head fell into his chest as he allegedly stated that he had dope in a bag, in front of the center console.”. During the handcuffing portion of the event, Mr. Barido allegedly said that all the dope was his and that the passenger had nothing to do with it.
Off. Smith got the bag and discovered numerous, small, clear, plastic baggies, 11 unused syringes, several Q-tips, a spoon with a clear residue on it, a digital scale and 2 torch lighters. 6 of the baggies found contained a total approximate 18 grams of meth and a loaded syringe.
Mr. Barido was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. During the booking process, Garland County Detention Corporal Jones allegedly located approximately 2 grams of marijuana in Mr. Barido’s pants pocket. Mr. Barido allegedly said that he forgot that the marijuana was in his pocket.
Mr. Barido is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth With Intent To Deliver, Possession Of A Schedule VI Drug With Intent To Deliver and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x2 with a bond amount totaling $18,500.
The female passenger was not referenced again in the report.