Two Hot Springs residents were arrested Tuesday on felony drug charges after a Garland County sheriff's deputy allegedly found them asleep in a vehicle with two juveniles buckled in car seats in the back seat.
Courtney Laegan Poteete, 30, and Corbin Vidal Wiggins, 45, who both list a Cypressvale Street
address, were taken into custody in the 5000 block of Highway 7 north at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and each charged with felony counts of possession of meth with purpose to deliver, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, both punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and endangering the welfare of a minor, punishable by up to six years.
Poteete and Wiggins remained in custody Wednesday in lieu of bonds totaling $9,500 and are set to appear Dec. 11 in Garland County District Court.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Deputy Brandon Tollette reportedly observed Poteete and Wiggins asleep in the front seats of a black Mitsubishi Endeavor in the parking lot of the Cedar Mountain Boys & Girls Club.
As he approached the vehicle, he reportedly saw two small children, 1 and 2 years old, buckled into car seats in the back of the vehicle. He knocked on the driver's side window and Poteete, the driver, reportedly sat up quickly and opened the door.
The deputy reportedly smelled a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the vehicle and noticed piles of ashes all around the door handle and step rail. Poteete allegedly consented to a search of the vehicle, and she, Wiggins and the two children all got out.
During the search, deputies reportedly found a glass jar containing about 15 ounces of suspected marijuana. At that point, Poteete was given the opportunity to call her mother to collect the children, and she was then placed into custody.
A further search of the vehicle allegedly revealed about 2.7 grams of suspected meth, a box of sandwich bags, two sets of electronic scales, rolling papers, a cigarette roller, eight partially smoked marijuana cigarettes weighing around 1.6 grams, a jar containing marijuana residue, two packages of cigarillos and a lighter.
Both suspects were placed in custody and transported to the detention center, while the two children were placed in the custody of a relative. Poteete also received citations for driving without a license and failure to maintain insurance.
Local on 11/30/2017
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