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Traffic stop leads to multiple felony charges for Arkadelphia woman

by Steven Mross | May 4, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
Stephenie Jo Biddle - Submitted photo

An Arkadelphia woman on felony probation is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor drug charges and traffic violations after a traffic stop Saturday in Hot Springs on a car she was reportedly allowing her unlicensed daughter to drive.

Stephenie Jo Biddle, 41, aka Woods, was taken into custody shortly before 3:30 p.m. and charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, meth, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, possession of drug paraphernalia, punishable by up to six years, and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana.

Biddle, who was also cited for permitting an unlicensed person to drive, no liability insurance, having an expired vehicle license and fictitious plates, was being held on a $7,000 bond and was set to appear Monday in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Hot Springs police Officer Anthony Larkin made a traffic stop on a white 2005 Nissan Altima in the parking lot of E-Z Mart, 4600 Central Ave., after a computer check showed the license plate returned to a different vehicle.

The female driver, 16, did not have a license or permit to drive, the affidavit said. Her mother, identified as Biddle, was riding in the passenger seat and a check showed she was a parolee with a search waiver on file.

Larkin reportedly noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and asked Biddle if there was anything in the car he needed to know about. She reportedly told him she had a meth pipe in her bra, so he had them get out of the vehicle.

Sgt. LeeAnn Zaner came to the scene and searched Biddle and allegedly found a glass pipe with white residue consistent with meth use. She also found a baggie with 3.7 grams of what later tested positive for meth. In searching the vehicle, officers found two baggies with a total of 26.7 grams of marijuana.

According to court records, Biddle pleaded guilty in Hot Spring County Circuit Court on March 7, 2018, to possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence and was sentenced to six years' supervised probation. She was previously convicted in the same court on June 4, 2015, of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and sentenced to four years in prison.

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