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Welfare check on probationer leads to multiple drug charges

by Steven Mross | January 11, 2022 at 4:03 a.m.
Cameron Douglas Porchia - Submitted photo

A local man reportedly found passed out in his car late Saturday was arrested on multiple felony drug charges after pills and meth were allegedly found in his possession.

Cameron Douglas Porchia, 38, who lists a Lakeland Drive address, was taken into custody shortly after 10:30 p.m. and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, each punishable by up to six years in prison, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, punishable by up to one year in jail.

Porchia, a felon on probation, was being held on an $8,500 bond and was set to appear Monday in Garland County District Court. According to court records, Porchia was convicted on Aug. 28, 2019, in Ouachita County of two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of terroristic threatening and was sentenced to four years' probation.

According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly after 10 p.m., Hot Springs Police Cpl. Rod West responded to 99003 Alley just west of Summer Street regarding a man passed out in a small passenger car.

He found a blue Toyota Corolla parked in the alley with a man, later identified as Porchia, allegedly passed out in the driver's seat along with a female passenger in the front seat.

West noted Porchia had a glass pipe in his left hand he recognized as one commonly used to smoke meth. He woke Porchia up and had him step out. A computer check showed he was a probationer with a search waiver on file, so he patted him down.

West allegedly found a pill bottle in one pocket with 36 pills determined to be buprenorphine hydrochlorine and six pills determined to be alprazolam. In another pocket, he found a second bottle that allegedly contained a baggie with 1.6 grams of what later tested positive for meth.

In searching the vehicle, West reportedly found another glass meth pipe. Porchia was taken into custody without incident on the various charges. The female passenger was reportedly not charged in the incident.

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