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By E’Lyse Golden, Investigative Reporter
On December 8 around 1:40 am, Corporal Lane of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department stopped a white GMC Jimmy for speeding at 50MPH in a 35MPH zone on Buxton Loop. The driver was a probationer in possession of controlled substances.
The driver, Melissa Wineland, 40, of Hobson in Hot Springs, looked extremely nervous to Lane. He said that her voice shook when she spoke, she fidgeted with her hands, and continuously moved forward in a rocking motion.
Wineland is currently on probation for tampering with physical evidence in relation to a murder that took place in October of 2017. Wineland admitted to removing a deceased body from her house and dumping it at Greenwood Cemetery at 701 Greenwood in Hot Springs. She was sentenced to 48 months of probation on October 8, 2018.
Wineland said there shouldn’t be any weapons or illegal substances in the vehicle. Dispatch told Lane that Wineland was a probationer with a search waiver on file.
Wineland admitted to having a marijuana pipe in the vehicle and Lane instructed her to exit the vehicle. Lane found the pipe in in a bag near the rear of the vehicle, a glass pipe with meth residue on it, two used syringes with blood and meth residue inside, and a small container with 0.6 grams of methamphetamine.
Wineland was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 2 grams and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wineland plead not guilty on December 9 and bonded at $7,500. Her felony review is scheduled for January 13, 2020.