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Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Parker reports the following:
On August 17, 2019 at approximately 2100hrs, I was patrolling the area of Albert Pike Road and Thornton Ferry Road. I observed a black colored Ford F-150 traveling east on Albert Pike Road with its license plate illuminated by a green light. I ran the license plate and it returned with registration to a red 1999 Cadillac Deville. I initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the parking lot of McDonalds at 3101 Albert Pike Rd.
The driver exited the truck immediately as I approached. I requested that the driver provide license, registration, and proof of insurance. He ws unable to provide any of the requested documentation. I asked again for identification and the driver stated that he had left it at home, but verbally identified himself as Mark West. I know Mark West from high school and immediately knew that the driver was not him but instead was his brother, Michael West, whom I also attended high school with.
I questioned him again on his identity and he continued, on numerous additional occasions, to state that he was Mark West. When asked about his year of high school graduation, West stated that he graduated in 2006, which did not align with the information that he provided.
The driver was detained, and upon a search of his clothing, an Arkansas ID card was located in his front left pocket. The driver was positively identified as Ryan Michael West. Dispatch advised that Ryan Michael West had a warrant out of Bryant Police Department and additional warrant out of Hot Springs Police Department.
West stated that there was a marijuana pipe lying in the center console of the vehicle. I moved to the front driver door of the vehicle and observed a black pocketbook lying in the driver floorboard. Located inside the pocketbook was four syringes lying on top of a folded $5 bill. Three (3) of the syringes appeared to be clear with no residue inside, while one (1) contained blood inside. West stated that there was “meth” inside the $5 bill. I opened the bill and located 1.1 grams of white crystalline substance that field-tested positive for the presumptive identification of methamphetamine. Inside the center console was an orange and clear colored glass marijuana pipe that contained marijuana residue inside its bowl.
West was placed in custody and served on his two (2) warrants. He is charged with Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Obstruction of Government Operations, with a bond amount totaling $6,500 and a hold placed for another agency. He was also issued a citation for No Liability Insurance, Fictitious Tags, Failure to Register a Vehicle, and Driving on Suspended License. Citation #0B07939647. The drugs and paraphernalia were seized, logged, and submitted to the evidence room at the Garland County Sheriff’s Office.