Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Presley reports that she was dispatched to the Highway 70 West Food Court across from John Gibson Auto Sales On May 7, 2021, around 4PM, to investigate a person waving a gun around.
Several deputies put themselves en route to assist. Arriving first was Sergeant Kellar. He put everybody at gunpoint and stood by for back-up units to arrive. Other deputies soon began arriving and they all got down to business.
Jodi Tucker Poland, 18, of Cenark Lane in Hot Springs and Rashaad Deon Scott, 24, of Cenark Lane in Hot Springs, were handcuffed and searched. Mr. Poland told deputies before they touched him that he had a gun in his pocket. Deputies got the gun (which contained a clear 30 round magazine, no bullet in the chamber) and secured it. Dep. Presley told the 2 men that she could smell marijuana. She asked them if they had any marijuana on them. Mr. Scott said that he had some in his pocket. Dep. Tatum removed 2 small baggies of marijuana (approximately 7.5 grams) from the clothing of Mr. Scott.
Now the scene was safe and the investigating began. Sgt. Kellar made contact with a female, Tiffany Lynn Tucker, 38, of Cenark Lane in Hot Springs, who was at the scene and seated in a maroon Acura. It was determined that Ms. Tucker was part of this situation. A pistol was found under the seat she was sitting in. Also found in the Acura were 2 ammo magazines and a small weight scale.
Another vehicle was parked next to the Acura. Deputies checked that license plate through the police computer. It showed to be registered to Ms. Tucker. She was asked about the vehicle and said her son, Mr. Poland, was driving it. Ms. Tucker gave consent to search that car. Several more ammo magazines and approximately 10.7 grams of marijuana were found in that car.
During the course of this investigation, it was determined that Ms. Tucker is a convicted felon. Convicted felons are prohibited by state law from possessing firearms.
As all of this was happening, a witness called the GCSO 911 Dispatch and advised that the female they were dealing with at the 70W Food Court hid something in her bra just before the deputies arrived. Dispatch relayed that tip to deputies at the scene. They quizzed Ms. Tucker about this. Ultimately, she handed deputies a bag containing 8 smaller baggies which contained a total of 4.2 grams of suspected cocaine. Ms. Tucker was arrested and searched. Deputies found $500 cash during that search. They confiscated the cash along with the drugs, guns , scale, ammo magazines (including at least 1 pistol drum mag) and notified the Drug Task Force.
A car pulled up in the middle of all of this and wanted to speak with deputies. The deputies made contact with the people in that vehicle. These people were referred to as “victims” in the report. The report goes on to say that this “incident started around the 100 block of Airport Road”, which is inside the city limits and they wanted to press charges. Hot Springs Police were called to the scene to handle this possible road rage complaint involving at least 1 of these suspects.
All 3 suspects were transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Ms. Tucker is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs & Firearm, Felony Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons, Felony Possession Of Cocaine With Purpose To Deliver, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. She was initially being held without bond.
Mr. Poland is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs & Firearm and Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver. He was initially being held without bond.
Mr. Scott is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs & Firearm, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. He was initially being held without bond.