Felon on probation arrested after drugs, guns found in traffic stop

Kaitlin Victoria Coleman - Submitted photo
Kaitlin Victoria Coleman - Submitted photo

A local felon on probation was arrested on multiple felony charges early Friday after guns, drugs, counterfeit meth and other items were found in her car following a routine traffic stop.

Kaitlin Victoria Coleman, 24, who lists a Hunter Drive address, was taken into custody shortly after 4 a.m. and charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, punishable by up to life in prison, possession of meth with purpose to deliver and theft by receiving of a firearm, each punishable by up to 10 years, possession of drug paraphernalia, punishable by six to 20 years, and possession of a controlled substance, clonazepam, and possession of a firearm by certain persons, each punishable by up to six years.

Coleman was being held on zero bond and is set to appear Sept. 22 in Garland County District Court. She had pleaded guilty on July 15, 2019, in Garland County Circuit Court to possession of a controlled substance, meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia, amended from an original charge of simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, and was sentenced to six years' probation.

According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, Hot Springs police Officer Will Stockwell made a traffic stop on a red Pontiac Vibe at the corner of Reserve and Opera streets after noting the car had a defective headlight.

He made contact with the driver, identified as Coleman, and discovered she was on active probation with a search waiver on file, so he had her exit the car to search it.

Officers reportedly located a loaded Beretta .25-caliber handgun under the driver's seat and an unloaded Smith and Wesson Model 733 handgun between the driver's seat and center console. A computer check later revealed the Beretta had been reported stolen out of Jefferson County.

Officers also allegedly found a baggie in the driver's side door pocket containing 0.6 gram of what later tested positive for meth. In the center console, officers found digital scales and a bag of what appeared to be meth but was later determined to be a counterfeit substance, 15.1 grams.

Officers also found a glass pipe with meth residue and four clonazepam pills on the driver's seat.

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