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Man Allegedly Ingested Pills Before Traffic Stop, Gets Refused At Jail; Felony Arrest x2 – HOT SPRINGS


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Report posted by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman

Hot Springs Police Officer 1st Class McLean and Officer Yamauchi report the following:

On 09/16/19 at approximately 1954 hours, officers made a traffic stop on a green 1995 Chevrolet 1500 truck for a passenger riding in the truck bed in the parking lot of McDonald’s; 200 E Grand Avenue.

During the stop, officers asked for consent to search the vehicle from the driver, Benjamin Lawrence.  Lawrence gave officers consent.  Officers located a used syringe in Lawrence’s backpack.

The front seat passenger, Sondra Keen, spontaneously uttered to officers during the search that Lawrence concealed a bag of methamphetamine in the middle of the cup holder area.

Sondra Lee Keen, 31, Homeless in Hot Springs – allegedly found with a meth pipe in her purse during a traffic stop.

Officers then located a small plastic bag of white crystallized substance in the cup holder area.  The substance was field tested and showed a positive reaction to the presumptive identification of methamphetamine (0.8g).

Keen exited the vehicle with her purse.  Officers asked for consent to search Keen’s purse.  Keen stated, “Yeah, sure.”  During the search of the purse, officers located a glass pipe with a white crystalized residue commonly used for smoking methamphetamine.  Keen admitted that the glass pipe was hers.

Lawrence was placed under arrest and was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  Lawrence was refused at the jail due to him possibly ingesting numerous pills before the traffic stop.

He is charged with Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and a traffic citation issued.

Keen was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center.  She is charged with Felony Possession Drug Paraphernalia with a bond amount of $2,500.