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Drug Arrests 111 Webb Lane
Hot Springs Police SWAT Team Members, HSPD Special Investigations Narcotics Unit, Garland County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigators and the Garland County Prosecutor’s Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant at 111 Webb Lane just after 6AM yesterday.
When I arrived on scene, 7 people were being detained in the driveway of the residence and 1 suspect was taken by LifeNet Ambulance to the hospital under police security due to an ongoing medical condition. No injuries were suffered as a result of the operation.
Hot Springs Animal Control Troops were ordered out to take charge of 2 animals. A small dog was holed up in an interior closet and got a little snappy when the time came. He was removed without incident. A very friendly pitbull dog had been secured to a tree by someone before police arrived to begin the operation. The dog steadily lost his congeniality with the SWAT Team as he watched his people enter the Sheriff’s Transport Van 1 at a time. When the last suspect got in the van, the dog experienced some separation anxiety and didn’t want to deal with the SWAT’ers. Then, the Hot Springs Animal Services Truck arrived.
I don’t know if that dog has had prior experiences with the doggy lock-up or what, but when he saw Jerry the Animal Services Troop, that dog went herbatile. Jerry watched that for a couple of seconds, went to the truck and came back with some doggy treats…tossed a couple to the dog, but that didn’t work. That dog knew that the jig was about to be up. Jerry backed off again and HSPD K-9 Officer Jones went over and stood next to the dog. The dog liked that. So now, the dog decided that the SWAT’ers weren’t so bad. Off. Jones backed off a little and another SWAT’er went to the dog, petted it a little, unwound the rope/leash from the tree, walked the dog very calmly from the tree to the animal truck, tapped the hole they wanted the dog to go in and the pitbull jumped right up in there – no problem. They slowly shut the door on the cage and that was it – no problem. Jerry said that the animals know that something weird is happening; their owners left the house in an unusual manner (under arrest) and the animals get confused/stressed out, but most of the time everything works out ok just like this.
So, the house has been secured, the suspects have been secured, the animals have been secured and it’s time to investigate. Officers began searching the house, the Cadillac in the driveway and an out building. Some investigators began field testing suspicious substances as the K-9 Team of HSPD Officer Smith and Bear sniffed around for other narcotics possibly hidden around the property.
Officers had placed evidence bags containing narcotics on top of the Cadillac while they finished up searching the house and all. Bear made his way to the Cadillac, got on odor (because the drugs were on top of the car), followed the odor to the source (the evidence bags), gave a final, positive response for the presence of narcotics (and, he was correct). So, Off. Smith paid him with his reward – a green ball. Bear chomped down on that ball and all was right with the world once again.
LifeNet returned to the scene to check 1 of the 7 suspects that remained at the scene. I do not think that suspect was transported by ambulance.
There were so many people going to jail that GCSO CID Sergeant Cannon called for the Sheriff’s Paddy Wagon. All of the remaining suspects had been cuffed, shackled, placed into the van and transported to the Garland County Detention Center to meet the GCSO Booking Sergeant.
The HSPD Supervisor at the scene told me that the target house would be thoroughly searched and then boarded up by the city. The house will remain nailed shut until the court proceedings determine the disposition/status of the property.
Arrested during this operation were the following: