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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on June 24, 2020 at 10:52PM for VIP Members at the AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group. To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Gates reports that he was on patrol in the area of Cooper Street when he saw a silver GMC Yukon drive across private property to avoid the traffic signal at the intersection of Albert Pike Road and Cooper Street. He turned on the blue lights and conducted a traffic stop on Ardmore Street.
Off. Gates walked up and made contact with the driver of the Yukon, John Vincent Martinez, 38, of Ardmore Street in Hot Springs; and, passenger Ronald Dale Smith, 31, of Mount Carmel Road in Garland County. Off. Gates obtained each occupant’s pertinents and checked them through the police computer. It was determined that Mr. Martinez was a parolee on active supervision with a search waiver on file. Both occupants were asked to step from the truck so it could be searched. They complied.
During the search of the truck, officers located: metal knuckles, glass smoking pipe with brown residue, 4 used syringes, metal spoon with white residue and a piece of filter stuck to it, a set of digital scales, approximately 12.5 grams of marijuana and a loaded sawed-off shotgun (approximately 15 inch barrel) with the serial number removed. 3 shotgun shells were zip tied to the shotgun.
Parolee Martinez was convicted of the felony charge of Delivering Meth in Garland County 10/2018. By law, Convicted felons may not possess firearms in Arkansas.
Both occupants were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. After arriving at the detention center, another syringe was found in Mr. Smith’s shoe. Mr. Smith also admitted to Detectives that he had been in possession of the gun for a couple of days, but did not know where he got it.
Parolee Martinez told detectives that the vehicle belonged to his son and he was unaware of the items that were located inside the vehicle, but said that the marijuana belonged to him.
Parolee Martinez is charged with Felony Possession Of Defaced Firearm, Felony Possession Of Firearm By Certain Persons, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Criminal Use Of A Weapon, Possession. Of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession Of An Instrument Of Crime, Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Criminal Use Of Prohibited Weapon with a bond amount totaling $14,000 and a parole hold has been placed.
Mr. Smith is charged with Felony Furnishing Deadly Weapon To A Felon, Felony Possession Of A Defaced Firearm, Felony Criminal Use Of Prohibited Weapons and Possession Of An Instrument Of Crime with a bond amount totaling $11,000.