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Hot Springs Police 911 Dispatch received a complaint of gunfire in the area of Hammond Street last week. Officers went to the area to investigate.
HSPD Officer Vanderburg was in the area in response to the gunfire call when he says he saw a black truck on Hammond Drive with the license plate positioned so that it was not clearly visible. Off. Vanderburg attempted to catch up to the truck, but the driver allegedly turned quickly onto Doris Court, parked and shut the engine off.
As the officer approached, an occupant of the vehicle allegedly got out of the vehicle and walked around it. Off. Vanderburg made contact with the man, Parolee John Billy Gray, Jr., 32, of Cones Road in Hot Springs, and asked if he resided at the house the truck stopped in front of.
Parolee Gray allegedly said that his mother is renting the residence. The officer drove off. And in doing so, happened to notice that the house appeared to be vacant, the electric meter was missing and had a notice posted on the window.
Off. Vanderburg went up the road, turned around and came back to find that the truck was running and the vehicle appeared to be ready to pull back onto the road. As Off. Vanderburg got out with the driver for a second time, he approached the vehicle on foot and Parolee Gray walked towards him, Off. Vanderburg gave the parolee a rundown of the holes in his story and then asked “does your mother really live here?”. To which Parolee Gray allegedly said “no”. Off. Vanderburg asked “why did you ditch me?”. Parolee Gray allegedly said because he knew that this particular license plate did not belong on the truck.
Off. Vanderburg ran Parolee Gray trough the police computer. It was at this point that Off. Vanderburg knew he was dealing with a parolee. He also discovered that Parolee Gray has a search waiver on file as part of his parole agreement.
Floyd Richard Beckwith, 55, of Bald Mountain Road in Garland County and Alexis Nichole Morgan, 19, of Cooper Street in Hot Springs were located inside the truck. A search of the truck was conducted and on top of the wet grass, 4 dry baggies containing 21.7 grams of what the officer alleges to be meth were located. The baggies were positioned in line with the track of the tires and did not appear to have been run over by the truck or any other vehicle. Also allegedly located inside the truck were 9 syringes and a spoon with a white crystalline residue present.
All 3 occupants of the truck were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
The report states that Ms. Morgan allegedly told officers that the meth belonged to all 3 of them.
Parolee Gray is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth With Intent To Deliver and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond amount totals $12,500 and a parole hold has been placed on him.
Mr. Beckwith and Ms. Morgan are charged with Felony Possession Of Meth With Intent To Deliver and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. They each have a bond amount totaling $12,500.