All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police K-9 Unit Officer J.Smith & Bear stopped a 2019 White Land Rover Discovery on Airport Road at the Bypass Valero for an alleged traffic violation last week.
Contact was made with the driver, Brittany Nicole Brown, 35, of Grissom Trail in Garland County. Off. Smith says that he noticed the strong odor of perfume. That and the alleged overly nervous signs (such as hands shaking) that he was picking up on led him to believe that the ladies were attempting to mask a different, more sinister odor.
Ms. Brown’s name and info was run through the police computer. The check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant out of Texas for larceny. Off. Smith asked Ms. Brown for permission to search the vehicle. Ms. Brown did not answer the question. Ms. Brown was asked to get out of the car and a pat down search for weapons was conducted. Approximately 1.5 grams of marijuana, along with what turned out to be a chapstick container was allegedly located in her jacket pocket. Ms. Brown was arrested and passenger, Amanda S. Reed, 35, of Hot Springs, was asked to step out of the suspect vehicle for a pat down search.
The search of the vehicle allegedly produced another approximately 483 grams (roughly 17 ounces) of marijuana and over $620. Ms. Reed was also arrested. Both suspects were transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
During the booking process, Ms. Brown allegedly asked if she would be getting her marijuana back because she paid $2,400 for the pound of weed.
Ms. Brown is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With The Purpose To Deliver and Felony Unauthorized Use Of Another Person’s Property To Facilitate A Crime with a bond amount totaling $8,500. Texas did not plan to extradite on their arrest warrant.
Ms. Reed is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With The Purpose To Deliver and Felony Unauthorized Use Of Another Person’s Property To Facilitate A Crime with a bond amount totaling $8,500
The Garland County Prosecutor’s Drug Task Force has assumed the case.