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Alleged: Suspects Hide 27 Grams Of Meth With Cheez-Its; Felony Arrest x2 – HOT SPRINGS


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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Reporter Steven Starr

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Officer Rideout reports that he was on patrol in the 3600 Block of Central Avenue on September 7th, 2020 at approximately 9:25pm when he saw a grey Buick Regal make an abrupt turn into Burger King as to evade him. Off. Rideout turned around and saw the Buick turn back onto Central Avenue heading the same direction as before.

Off. Rideout hit the blue lights and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the CVS Pharmacy’s parking lot just down the road. Off. Rideout made contact with the driver, Gerald Lloyd Mitchell, 31, of Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs. While talking with the driver, he smelled the odor of marijuana. He asked for consent to search the vehicle and Mr. Mitchell agreed. Mr. Mitchell and a passenger, Klorissa Faith Dawson, 31, of Hot Springs, were asked to exit and stand at the rear of the vehicle.

Gerald Lloyd Mitchell, 31, Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs – Allegedly hid 27 grams of meth inside a “Cheez-Its” box.

Klorissa Faith Dawson, 31, homeless in Hot Springs – Allegedly hid 27 grams of meth inside a “Cheez-It’s” box.

Off. Rideout located a bag containing methamphetamine (approximately 27.9 grams) inside a box of “Cheez-Its” crackers during the search. Officers also located a “Pink Runtz” package containing marijuana (approximately 0.1 gram). A digital scale was also found in the middle console during the search.  Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Dawson both denied knowledge of any items found in the vehicle.

Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Dawson were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. Both are charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Misdemeanor Possession Of A Controlled Substance with bond set at $4,500.