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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 Officer Davis reports that he was in the area of West Grand Avenue near 3rd Street when he saw a tan Chevrolet Impala stop at a stop sign for an extended period without any other traffic present. The Impala then turned from the stop sign and committed a lane usage violation. Off. Davis turned on the blue lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.
The vehicle drove past several good places to pull over and stop. The suspect finally got to Murray Street, put on the left blinker and made a right turn. The car stopped in the 100 Block of Murray Street.
Contact was made with the driver, Dewayne Mervin Johnson, Jr., 18, of Riley Street in Hot Springs, and an unidentified passenger. While dealing with Mr. Johnson, Off. Davis smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. HSPD K-9 Sgt. Constant was called to the scene. Sgt. Constant’s 4 legged partner sniffed the suspect vehicle and told him that dope was in the car.
Officers searched the car and found 1.1 grams of meth, .3 gram cocaine and 52 ecstasy pills. They pulled 3.8 grams of marijuana and a digital scale out of the pants Mr. Johnson was wearing and saw another baggie in his britches, but due to the struggle Mr. Johnson was putting on, officers decided to leave that baggie for now…due to safety reasons.
Mr. Johnson was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. Once at the jail, the baggy in his pants fell onto the floor. It contained 3.9 grams of crack cocaine.
Mr. Johnson is charged with Felony Possession of Meth Or Cocaine With Purpose To Deliver x2, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor, Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest with a bond amount totaling $23,000.