One of eight people arrested during an early morning raid last year was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to felony charges in Garland County Circuit Court.
Paul Marcel Constancio, 37, who has remained in custody on zero bond since his arrest April 5, 2018, pleaded guilty to possession of meth with purpose to deliver and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with four years suspended, and to possession of drug paraphernalia and sentenced to six years, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Constancio was also fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $295 in court costs and fees upon his release. He will be given credit for time already served. An additional misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana was withdrawn.
According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly after 6 a.m. on April 5, officers with the Hot Springs Police Department's Special Investigations Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Constancio's listed residence at 111 Webb Lane with the assistance of the department's SWAT team to make entry.
Constancio and a female suspect were located inside an unlicensed 1997 Cadillac Deville parked in the driveway. Six other suspects were located inside the house and all charged with the same counts as Constancio, who was on parole at the time.
All the suspects were secured and seated in the driveway while the residence and the Cadillac were searched. Under the car, directly behind where Constancio was sitting, officers found a plastic bag with 4.6 grams of what later tested positive for meth, a baggie with 0.9 gram of marijuana and one and a half amphetamine pills.
During a search of the living room, investigators found a small glass vial containing what later tested positive for 0.5 gram of meth, a small baggie with 0.6 gram of meth, a burned marijuana cigarette, a baggie with 0.2 gram of meth, and two glass smoking pipes.
They also found numerous items of paraphernalia, baggies with meth and marijuana residue and a syringe with meth. In the Cadillac, investigators reportedly found a baggie with 0.2 gram of meth and an empty syringe.
It was noted the property was listed as belonging to an out of town company.
Also on Wednesday, Alexis Dewayne Gant, 39, who lists a Spring Street address, pleaded guilty to possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to four years in prison, fined $500 and ordered to pay $295 in court costs.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on Feb. 7, 2018, around 4 a.m., police Officer John McLean responded to a noise complaint in the area of Webb Lane. An anonymous caller told police someone had knocked on his door and tried to sell meth to him.
While in the area, McLean ran the license plate of a vehicle that looked like it had been damaged by possibly being pried loose from another vehicle. The computer check confirmed the plate had been reported stolen so he approached the vehicle and found a man, identified as Gant, sleeping in the front seat.
Behind Gant was a prescription bottle and when McLean knocked on the window, waking Gant up, he noted Gant immediately tried to hide the bottle. Gant was detained and the bottle was found to contain three baggies, two containing meth, a total of 2.6 grams, and the other containing marijuana, 2.3 grams.
In between the driver's seat and center console, the officer found a glass pipe with meth residue and in a black bag in the back seat he found two pieces of marijuana, a total of 0.5 gram.
Gant was taken into custody on the possession charges and later released on $9,000 bond on March 22. He pleaded not guilty to both charges on April 3 and was set to stand trial this week.
Gant is classified as a habitual offender with prior convictions on Nov. 28, 1995, for robbery and kidnapping, and on July 17, 2012, for possession of a controlled substance and failure to appear.
Local on 02/09/2019
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