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On 8/02/2016, Garland County Sheriff Patrol Deputy Strickland conducted a traffic stop on a silver Honda Accord at the intersection of Bayside Road and West Mountain View for a defective headlight.
Deputy Strickland made contact with a female driver, and a white male, identified as Chandler Smith, 19, of Hot Springs, sitting in the front passenger seat with a backpack sitting in the floorboard by his feet. Mr. Smith was acting very nervous and leaning forward as if he was attempting to hide something.
Dep. Strickland had both occupants put their hands on top of their heads. Dep. Strickland could see a large bulge in the front right pocket of Mr. Smith’s pants. Dep. Strickland asked Mr. Smith what he was concealing and Mr. Smith allegedly stated that he had a handgun that was his Grandfather’s. Dep. Strickland retrieved an unloaded Smith and Wesson handgun out of Mr. Smith’s front right pocket. While retrieving the gun, an empty syringe fell out of the same pocket.
At that point, Mr. Smith was placed into custody and the female driver was detained. The handgun’s serial number was checked, and the gun had not been reported stolen.
Deputy Strickland searched the vehicle and located a small plastic baggie that had a white crystal substance inside of the baggie. Dep. Strickland asked Mr. Smith if the baggie with the white crystal substance was his and he replied “yes, it’s all mine.”
The driver was issued three citations and let go.
Mr. Smith was transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
His bond is set at $5,000.00.