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ALLEGED: GCSO K-9 Busts Parolee With 47 Grams Of Meth; Felony Arrest x2 – GARLAND COUNTY


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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Tatum filed an arrest report yesterday that alleges the following:

Dep. Tatum was on patrol in the area of Piney Junction on Highway 270W when he observed a black Chrysler 300 pass by him.  Dep. Tatum had prior personal knowledge that this car was displaying fictitious tags.  He ran the tags through the police computer and they showed to belong to a silver Chevrolet Malibu.  Dep. Tatum conducted a traffic stop with that vehicle on West Pine Drive.

Dep. Tatum made contact with the driver, Christopher Ennis, 36, of 4th Street in Hot Springs, and passenger Kayla Marie Johnston, 30, of West Pine Drive in Garland County.  Dep. Tatum is familiar with both of these people and knew that Mr. Ennis is on parole with a search waiver on file as a condition of his parole agreement.  Dep. Tatum asked Parolee Ennis “where’s the meth”.  Both occupants’ body language changed and their heads dropped.  Parolee Ennis said that they didn’t have any meth.

Parolee Christopher Ennis, 36, of 4th Street in Hot Springs – allegedly busted with 47 grams of meth.

Kayla Marie Johnston, 30, of West Pine Drive in Garland County – allegedly busted with a parolee and 47 grams of meth.

About that time, GCSO K-9 Sergeant Kellar & Aton arrived at the scene.  Both occupants exited the vehicle and were searched for weapons.  They were told to put the meth on the hood of the car.  Ms. Johnston reached into her bra and produced 2 Xanax pills.

Sgt. Kellar ran Aton around the suspect vehicle for a good, old fashioned narcotics sniff.  Aton told Sgt. Kellar that dope was in the passenger side of the car and under the hood of the car.  Dep. Tatum searched a purse on the passenger side of the car and discovered a clear, plastic bag that contained a crystal like substance, 2 Hydrocodone pills and and a scale with heavy residue of a crystal like substance.

Under the hood, deputies found a black, painted box attached to the passenger side fender.  47 grams of meth were inside the box.  Both suspects were arrested, transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing and Drug Task Force Agents were notified.

A small amount of meth was removed from Ms. Johnston’s bra at the booking room.

Parolee Ennis is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond amount totaling $15,000.  A parole hold has been placed.

Ms. Johnston is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond amount totaling $15,000.