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On 6/22/2016, Hot Springs Police Department’s Detective Anaya along with Detective Threadgill were patrolling the area of Desoto Park where an abundance of drug transactions are known to occur.
The Detectives observed a small Red Kia parked in the lot with three subjects sitting inside and they appeared to be waiting for someone. Due to the drug activity in that area Det. Anaya and Det. Threadgill made contact with the subjects. The detectives approached the vehicle and made contact with the front passenger later identified as Christopher Roberts, 18, of Hot Springs. Det. Anaya detected an immediate odor of marijuana. Also, all of the subjects were acting nervously and not answering questions directly, but simply looking at each other and then giving the detectives a blank stare.
Due to their Demeanor, Mr. Roberts was asked to step out of the vehicle and he was detained. After detaining Mr. Roberts, Detective Anaya asked Mr. Roberts again about the smell and he allegedly stated there was marijuana in the passenger side door.
After the detectives had retrieved the marijuana from the door, weighing approximately 4 grams, they then asked the driver identified as Taylor Lydon, 19, of Hot Springs, if there was any more marijuana in the vehicle. without telling him to, he reached inside of his driver door and handed Det. Anaya a yellow cup. Inside of the cup was a clear baggie containing approximately 19.1 grams of marijuana. He also allegedly reached into the center console and handed the detectives a glass smoking pipe which contained marijuana residue. After those items were obtained Mr. Lydon was removed from the vehicle and placed into custody.
A search of the vehicle was conducted and another baggie was located in the drivers door containing approximately 1.6 grams of marijuana and a digital scale in the back seat of the vehicle.
Both subjects were transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver and both were given bonds of $2,500.00.
The third subject was a juvenile and after a brief conversation with detectives, he was released to a parent without incident.