All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Press Release: 18th Judicial District East Prosecuting Attorney (Prosecutor Michelle Lawrence)
Meth Dealing Parolee Busted With Guns And Body Armor
February 21, 2019
Beginning in late December 2018, the 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force (DTF) along with the Garland County Special Operations Unit began an investigation into alleged criminal activity of an individual by the name of Robert Blackstead. Blackstead is a known to be a high-ranking official in the Aryan Brotherhood with multiple felony convictions and is currently on active parole. The investigation indicated that Blackstead was distributing large quantities of methamphetamine and firearms in the City of Hot Springs, as well as in various areas in Garland County. Three controlled purchases were made from Blackstead using confidential informants. Firearms and substantial quantities of methamphetamine were observed during each of these interactions. Information was also obtained on at least two of Blackstead’s associates by the names of Darlene Ashlock and Holly Waggoner. On February 1, 2019, a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle driven by Holly Waggoner. The Garland County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit assisted in the traffic stop and located 116.2 grams of methamphetamine and $ 1,967.00 in currency. Soon thereafter, the Arkansas State Police were again notified that Waggoner would be trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine into the Garland County area. On February 15, 2019, the Arkansas State Police, Drug Task Force and Garland County Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Unit conducted another traffic stop on Waggoner’s vehicle. One pound of methamphetamine was located inside the trunk of the vehicle.
On February 20, 2019, the Garland County Tactical Response Team, with the assistance of the Hot Springs Police Department S.W.A.T Team, executed a search warrant on 215 Rockdale Road, Hot Springs, which is the residence of Robert Blackstead and Darlene Ashlock. Located in the residence were three firearms, two sets of body armor and 41 grams of methamphetamine. Numerous items of drug paraphernalia as well as other narcotics were also located. Blackstead was served with three arrest warrants for Delivery of Methamphetamine, all of which are class Y felonies.
The 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force is comprised of Investigators from the Arkansas State Police, Garland County Sheriff’s Office, Hot Springs Police Department, 18th Judicial District East Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and United States Homeland Security Investigations. The Garland County Special Operations Unit and Arkansas Community Corrections assisted in the execution of the search warrants.
It must be noted that criminal charges are only allegations and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. No further information will be released at this time due to the continuation of this investigation.