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Alleged: 7 Mph Trips Up Alleged Armed Dope Dealer; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Officer Rollins reports that he was conducting traffic radar speed check operations on Higdon Ferry Road on June 2, 2021, around 10PM, when he checked a white, 2017 BMW 440 Sedan with Texas tags traveling 47 Mph in a 40 Mph Zone.  Off. Rollins turned on the blue lights and conducted a traffic stop on the BMW.

Off. Rollins made contact with the driver, Taedrian Patrick Gibson, 22, of West Belding Street in Hot Springs.  As he was speaking with Mr. Gibson, he detected the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.  He asked Mr. Gibson and his passenger if either of them had a valid medical marijuana card.  Neither had the card he asked for.

Taedrian Patrick Gibson, 22, of West Belding Street in Hot Springs – Allegedly speeding down Higdon Ferry Road with a car load of dope dealer gear on a Wednesday Night.

Off. Rollins asked Mr. Gibson if he had a driver’s license.  He said “no, but the passenger does”.  Mr. Gibson’s pertinents were checked through the police computer system.  The check revealed that Mr. Gibson’s DL was in suspended status.

The 2 occupants exited the vehicle and the search began.  As Mr. Gibson got out of the BMW, he told officers that a handgun was in the driver’s floor area.  Inside the BMW, officers located: 1 Springfield XD Elite pistol loaded with 18 bullets, 1 Glock 23 pistol loaded with 22 bullets, numerous empty plastic baggies, 6 packages of sealed marijuana substance (33 grams) with “Obama Runtz” printed on the packaging, 1 half of an Oxycodone pill, empty packages with marijuana residue, 3 baggies containing a green leafy substance, a large vacuum sealed bag containing 36 small glass jars of THC wax (1,080 grams including the jars) and $16,039.00 in cash.

18th East Drug Task Force Investigators responded to the scene and assumed the case.  They interviewed Mr. Gibson.  During the interview, Mr. Gibson claimed all of the items in the BMW that were seized as evidence.

The passenger was not mentioned again in the arrest report.

Mr. Gibson was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  He is charged with Speeding 47/40 Mph, Driving On Suspended DL, Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver, Possession Of A Controlled Substance (Not Meth Or Cocaine) With Intent To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Felony Unauthorized Use Of Another Person’s Property To Facilitate A Crime and was initially being held without bond.