Parolee allegedly found with drugs in jacket claims it’s not his coat

Billy Ray Conrad Jr. (Submitted photo)
Billy Ray Conrad Jr. (Submitted photo)

STEVEN MROSS

The Sentinel-Record

A local parolee sought on a violation warrant who was allegedly found Monday evening with drugs in his jacket pocket reportedly told Hot Springs police the jacket did not belong to him.

Billy Ray Conrad Jr., 52, who lists a Cheyenne Street address, was taken into custody on the steps of the Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave., shortly after 6:30 p.m. and charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, meth, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and possession of drug paraphernalia, punishable by up to six years.

Conrad, who remains in custody on a zero bond parole hold, was set to appear Wednesday in Garland County District Court. According to court records, he was convicted in 2007 of theft by receiving and possession of drug paraphernalia and sentenced to eight years in prison, and on June 3, 2020, of possession of meth with purpose to deliver and sentenced to six years in prison, but later paroled, all in Garland County.

According to the probable cause affidavit on Monday's arrest, around 6:30 p.m., HSPD Cpl. Tyler Ward and Officer Victor Arteaga were patrolling in the 1400 block of Malvern Avenue when they "gained knowledge" Conrad, a wanted person, was sitting in front of the library. A computer check confirmed he had a warrant for a parole violation.

The officers located Conrad on the steps in front of the library, which was closed because it was after hours. When they told Conrad to stand up and turn around to be arrested on the warrant, he reportedly "immediately took off his jacket and stated it was not his" before turning around.

Conrad was taken into custody and in searching the jacket, the officers allegedly found a green cloth pouch that contained a glass smoking pipe with burn marks and white residue, one bag with 7.7 grams and another bag with 2 grams of what later tested positive for meth, a total of 9.7 grams.

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