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Hot Springs Police Officer Seymour was on patrol in early September when he stopped a blue Chevrolet Spark for allegedly running a red light at the intersection of Central Avenue at Grand Avenue.
Off. Seymour made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Wendi Barfield, 42 of Central Avenue South in Hot Springs. In the front seating area of the car with the driver was James Gatlin, 42 of Old Bear Road in Garland County. With them was an antique, double barrel shotgun. Officers ran the gun and the occupants through the police computer. The gun came back clean, but Mr. Gatlin did not. He had an outstanding Failure To Appear Warrant for his arrest.
Mr. Gatlin was arrested and Ms. Barfield was asked about the contents of the vehicle. She allegedly advised that everything in the back seat belonged to Mr. Gatlin except the purse. She allegedly said that the purse was hers. Officers located a pink pouch on the floor behind the driver’s seat. Allegedly located inside the pouch were several syringes, 1.9 grams of meth and 4 hydrocodone pills. Both suspects allegedly told officers that the pouch did not belong to them.
Inside the purse, back-up Officer Plyler located a syringe. Ms. Barfield was then arrested and both suspects were transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Mr. Gatlin is charged with Failure To Appear, Felony Possession Of Meth, Felony Possession Of Hydrocodone and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond of $8,500.
Ms. Barfield is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth, Felony Possession Of Hydrocodone and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond amount of $7,500.