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Story by Albert Ashford
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Ofc. Langford responded to the 200 block of Fleet Street last weekend in reference to a Citizen Assist. Ofc Langford made contact with the caller, who stated that he had been advised via a text message from a roommate that he should not return to the residence due to the primary occupant, identified as Jason Alford, being in alleged possession of a shotgun.
The reporting person requested Ofc. Langford to accompany him inside the residence so that he could collect the rest of his belongings as he was in the process of moving out. Three other people were in the residence at the time, one of them being Alford. A quick call to HSPD Dispatch revealed that Mr. Alford was wanted on a Parole Absconder Warrant. As the reporting person was collecting his property, HSPD Cpl. Brown allegedly observed drug paraphernalia sitting on a bed in plain sight next to the second resident. This prompted the second person to began speaking very loudly, which roused the third resident, who had been asleep in the bedroom with Alford. Officers entered the bedroom to take Alford into custody on his parole warrant, and in doing so, allegedly found even more drug paraphernalia, again in plain sight.
A complete inventory of the drugs and paraphernalia yielded multiple syringes loaded with clear fluid, two sets of digital scales, a baggie with 3 burnt marijuana cigarettes, a meth bong, 3 empty baggies and a piece of tin foil with substance residue; various narcotic pills; and a glass meth pipe. All of the substances in the syringes as well as the residue in the baggies field tested positive for methamphetamine. Alford was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine With a Purpose; Possession of a Sch. VI Controlled Substance With a Purpose; Possession of a Sch. IV Controlled Substance With a Purpose; and 2 counts of Drug Paraphernalia.