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Alleged: Traffic Stop..Armed Convicted Felon With Meth; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

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All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Officer Gates reports that he responded to assist HSPD Corporal Langley with a traffic stop being conducted at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fountain Street last weekend around 3AM.

Off. Gates got into position at the passenger side of the maroon Mercury suspect vehicle and noticed the barrel of a gun underneath a bag sitting next to the driver, Jonathon David Berry, 31, of Running Deer Lane in Royal.  A criminal history check of  Mr. Berry was conducted.  It was quickly determined that he had been convicted of Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia in Garland County 4/2017.  Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms in Arkansas.  Mr. Berry was asked to step from the car and he was arrested.

Jonathon David Berry, 31, of Running Deer Lane in Royal – allegedly driving around downtown armed with a pistol and some meth.

Along with the loaded (6 rounds) Rough Rider .22 caliber revolver, officers also located 4.7 grams of meth, a digital scale, 2 empty syringes and 1 syringe containing what officers believed to be 36cc of meth liquid.

Mr. Berry was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  He is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, Felony Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons, Felony Possession Of Meth and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and was initially being held without bond.