Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Arkansas State Park Ranger Hudson reports that he and Ranger Boyes were on patrol at Lake Ouachita State Park October 18, 2021, around 5PM, when they saw a white Ford pick-up truck take a curve as it was traveling left of center.
They got behind the truck, turned on the blue lights and conducted a traffic stop on Mountain Pine Road. They called the stop in to the Garland County Sheriff’s Dispatch and was told that the truck’s license plate was expired.
The rangers made contact with the occupants of the vehicle, driver Christopher Chambers, 43, of Pike Avenue in Jacksonville, and a female. Mr. Chambers was informed of the reason for the stop. He replied that he was looking at the lake at the time. Rangers asked for identification and both occupants handed over their driver’s licenses.
During the contact, rangers noticed a torch type lighter and a package of cigarettes on the center console. The rangers know that the torch type lighters are commonly used to smoke meth and other dope. Ranger Hudson took the DL’s back to his vehicle to check them through the police computer. Ranger Boyes stayed with the occupants and asked if thy had anything illegal in the vehicle. They denied having anything illegal with them.
Both occupants’ criminal history rundowns were valid and clear. Ranger Hudson returned to the occupants and asked Mr. Chambers to step out of the truck. He came out and stepped away from the truck with the ranger. Ranger Boyes asked the female, again, if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle. This time, she said that there may be a small marijuana roach cigarette on the dashboard. She got it and gave it to Ranger Boyes. She was asked to exit the vehicle and she did.
Mr. Chambers was asked for consent to search the truck. He refused. However, because of the presence of the marijuana in the vehicle, consent was not required due to the probable cause manifest which followed the discovery of the marijuana roach. The rangers searched the truck.
1.1 grams of meth was found in the cigarette package and a glass meth pipe with burn marks and residue was found between the center console and the driver’s seat. Both occupants were handcuffed, detained and Mirandized. During the quiz, Mr. Chambers admitted to ownership of all dope items found. The rangers went with him on that and released the female. She was allowed to take custody of the truck and departed the area in it.
Mr. Chambers was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with bond set at $3,500.