A Hot Springs woman arrested last month on misdemeanor drug charges following a traffic stop was arrested Monday on a felony warrant after further testing of items allegedly found in her possession.
Stephanie Ann Knox, 29, of 608 Third St., was taken into custody at her residence shortly after noon and charged with possession of cocaine with purpose to deliver, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Knox, a felon on parole, was later released on a $25,000 bond and is set to appear Aug. 11 in Garland County District Court. According to court records, she was previously convicted in circuit court in 2014 of possession of cocaine with purpose to deliver and sentenced to six years in prison, but later paroled. She was convicted again on Aug. 7, 2017, of possession of a firearm by certain persons and sentenced to five years in prison, but later paroled.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on April 4, around 1:30 a.m., Hot Springs police Cpl. Taylor Gates made a traffic stop on a red passenger car at Fourth Street and Hobson Avenue for failure to yield the right of way.
He made contact with the driver, identified as Knox, and asked if she had been drinking. Knox reportedly stated she had "just smoked marijuana" and showed Gates a cigarette package containing 14.5 grams of marijuana.
Knox was removed from the vehicle so Gates could administer field sobriety tests and Gates immediately noticed "a large bulge" in the front of her pants. The item was removed and determined to be a large clear plastic bag with a smaller baggie inside. The baggie was found to contain 1.7 grams of clonazepam tablets.
The bag also contained a larger baggie with "a hard white substance" that was not able to be field-tested at that time. The bag was placed into evidence and Knox was not charged in connection with it.
She was arrested on misdemeanor counts for the marijuana and clonazepam and for driving while intoxicated and is set to stand trial on those charges June 28 in district court.
On April 5, the other substance confiscated was tested further and showed a positive reaction for cocaine with an approximate weight of 11.4 grams. A warrant was later issued for Knox on the felony charge.