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Alleged: Traffic Stop Leads To Marijuana and Ecstasy Bust; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Reporter Steven Starr

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Hot Springs Police Officer Davis reports that he was on patrol in the 2000 block of Central Avenue on September 22, 2020 at approximately 2:25pm when he saw a green Honda Accord displaying fictitious tags. Off. Davis conducted a traffic stop on the Accord at the intersection of Central Avenue and West St. Louis Street.

Off. Davis made contact with the driver, Nathaniel Leslie M. Ellis, 29, of Lowery Street in Hot Springs. A check of Mr. N. Ellis’ pertinents revealed that he had an active Failure To Appear warrant out of Garland County and a suspended drivers license. The passenger was identified as Jamal Cortez Ellis, 30, of Lowery Street in Hot Springs. A check of Mr. J. Ellis’ pertinents revealed that he had an active Failure To Appear warrant out of Hot Springs. He also had a full extradition warrant out of Dallas County Texas.

Nathaniel Leslie M. Ellis, 29, of Lowery Street in Hot Springs – Allegedly driving on a suspended license with fictitious tags, marijuana and pills.

Jamal Cortez Ellis, 30, of Lowery Street in Hot Springs – Allegedly riding around with warrants and marijuana.

Off. Davis could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Both suspects were detained. Off. Davis conducted a pat down search on Mr. J. Ellis and located a green bottle. Mr. J. Ellis admitted to having a small amount of marijuana (approximately .4 grams) in the bottle.

Officers conducted a probable cause search on the Accord. A clear glass container containing marijuana (approximately 1.2 grams) was located near the back floor board. Officers also located a digital scale and a small clear baggie containing marijuana (approximately 1.2 grams). An orange pill bottle with no label containing 17 white oval pills and one purple pill was also located. The white pills were identified as Hydrocodone. The purple pill field tested positive for Ecstasy.

Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.

Detectives read Mr. N. Ellis his Miranda Rights at the jail and conducted an interview. He told detectives that all of the pills were his for medicinal purposes.

Mr. N. Ellis is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance x2, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Possession Of A Controlled Substance, and Failure To Appear with bond initially set at $9,500.

Mr. J. Ellis is charged with Misdemeanor Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure To Appear. His bond is set at $2,000 with a hold placed for Texas.