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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
On 7/29/2016, Garland County Sheriff’s Deputies performed a traffic stop for expired tags.
Deputies made contact with the driver, identified as Joseph Newman, 21, of Hot Springs, and could smell a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies also observed a large bulge in the front of Mr. Newman’s shorts. For safety reasons, Mr. Newman was asked to step out of the vehicle. The deputies asked Mr. Newman what he was concealing inside of his shorts and Mr. Newman allegedly reached into his shorts and handed the deputies a bag of marijuana containing approximately 25.2 grams of marijuana. At that time, Mr. Newman was placed under arrest.
During a search of Mr. Newman’s vehicle, sheriff’s deputies located a pill bottle that contained approximately 2.8 grams of marijuana, a blue and black container that contained approximately 21 grams of marijuana, and a rubber-maid bowl that contained approximately 63.6 grams of psilocybin mushrooms.
Lieutenant Martin with the 18th East Judicial Drug Task Force was contacted and he advised the deputies to tow Mr. Newman’s vehicle and to seize his cellphone and money. Deputies placed Mr. Newman’s $1,480.00 and his white iPhone 5 into evidence.
Mr. Newman is charged with Delivery of a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver.