Routine traffic stop leads to drug arrest of female probationer

Danita Callan Ross (Submitted photo)
Danita Callan Ross (Submitted photo)

A local woman recently put on probation from drug charges was arrested early Saturday following a routine traffic stop after drugs were allegedly found in her possession.

Danita Callan Ross, 59, who lists a Cones Road address, was taken into custody shortly after 12:30 a.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.

Ross was later released on a $6,000 bond and is set to appear April 5 in Garland County District Court.

According to court records, she pleaded guilty on Jan. 30 in Garland County Circuit Court to possession of meth with purpose to deliver, unauthorized used of another person's property to facilitate certain crimes and possession of drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to five years' supervised probation, while a more serious charge of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms was withdrawn.

According to the probable cause affidavit, around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Hot Springs police Officer Alex Tobar was patrolling the area of Oaklawn Street when he saw a gold Chevy Silverado pickup traveling east and as it turned onto Central Avenue the driver reportedly failed to use a turn signal.

He made a traffic stop on the truck near the intersection of Central and Higdon Ferry Road and made contact with the driver, identified as Ross. A computer check showed she was a probationer with an active search waiver on file so he asked her to exit the vehicle so he could search her and the truck.

He allegedly found an empty Sonic cup in the seat and inside the cup was a glass smoking pipe with "crystal-like" residue. He also found a small white container which allegedly held "multiple rocks of a crystal-like substance."

The substance, approximately 3.2 grams, reportedly tested positive for meth. After being read her rights, Ross allegedly admitted to owning the meth and the glass pipe.

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