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Hot Springs Police Officer Riley was on patrol in the area of Central Avenue at Alcorn Street last week when he observed a vehicle traveling on a public road. A passenger in the vehicle allegedly failed to use his seat belt. Arkansas is a mandatory seat belt use state.
Off. Riley stopped the silver Dodge pick-up truck near the intersection of Miller Street at Alcorn Street. He made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. According to the police report, the driver gave conflicting information about the trip, appeared nervous and hesitated when answering simple questions. Due to the sketchiness of the encounter, Off. Riley called for HSPD K-9 Team Off. Jones & Keena to come sniff the vehicle for narcotics.
Off. Jones & Keena arrived and the driver was asked if anything drug related was inside the vehicle. The driver allegedly stated “no”. The driver was then asked if it would be ok for the K-9 Team to run around his vehicle. The driver stated “yes” and all occupants exited the vehicle. Just prior to the passenger, Charles Thomas Osborn, Jr. 34 of Hot Springs, exiting the passenger door, he allegedly began speaking to K-9 Officer Jones about drugs inside his backpack.
Mr. Osborn allegedly advised that he had a small amount of marijuana in his backpack on the floor of the vehicle. The report states that a small bag containing approximately 1 gram of marijuana was removed from the backpack. Another small plastic bag containing approximately 1 gram of a crystal like substance, consistent with meth (ICE) was allegedly removed from the backpack. Mr. Osborn allegedly stated that the crystal like substance was fake, but that an empty plastic baggie also in the backpack had contained real methamphetamine at 1 time. Mr. Osborne also allegedly stated that Xanax was in the backpack. Mr. Osborn was arrested at this point.
Also allegedly discovered in the backpack were 3 Xanax bars, 5 syringes and an empty baggie that contained a very small amount of a crystal like residue consistent with meth.
The only location about that truck that Keena alerted to was this backpack. No narcotics were located in any other area about the truck. The crystal like substance was field tested, but the results were inconclusive.
Mr. Osborn was transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with Felony Possession Of A Counterfeit Substance, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Misdemeanor Possession Of A Controlled Substance (X2). His bond amount totals $7,000.