Felon faces fed­eral charges over drugs, firearms af­ter stop

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/REGION - By Lynn LaRowe

A felon ac­cused of pos­sess­ing a siz­able amount of co­caine, metham­phetamine, mar­i­juana and a large cache of firearms is fac­ing fed­eral charges.

Jo shu a Hen­der­son, 40, was stopped by Arkansas State Po­lice the morn­ing of Sept. 27 as he drove a 1995

Ford Ranger pickup in Gar­land County, Ark., ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint used to cre­ate the fol­low­ing ac­count. An ASP spe­cial agent rec­og­nized Hen­der­son and knew he had an ac­tive felony war­rant for de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, metham­phetamine, is­sued by Gar­land County.

Hen­der­son was stopped by a state trooper south of Amity Road on Cen­tral Av­enue. Of­fi­cers re­port­edly saw a 9-mm pis­tol in a brown purse next to the seat oc­cu­pied by Hen­der­son’s fe­male pas­sen­ger.

Ap­prox­i­mately 25 grams of sus­pected meth, ap­prox­i­mately 50 grams of sus­pected co­caine, an un­spec­i­fied amount of mar­i­juana and an “as­sort­ment of pills” were found in the truck’s cab in dif­fer­ent bags, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. A loaded 40-cal­iber Smith & Wes­son also al­legedly was re­cov­ered.

In the bed of the truck, of­fi­cers al­legedly found a black suit­case that held more firearms and a photo al­bum con­tain­ing pic­tures of Hen­der­son. The lug­gage al­legedly con­tained a loaded .223-cal­iber ri­fle with an 8-inch bar­rel and 40-round clip, as well as a .22-cal­iber Walther P22 gun.

While of­fi­cers were search­ing the pickup, Hen­der­son al­legedly claimed that all of the drugs and guns were his and that his fe­male pas­sen­ger was not to blame.

Hen­der­son was con­victed of res­i­den­tial bur­glary and a felony drug of­fense in Gar­land County in 1999 and two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault in 2012.

Later the same morn­ing, a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted on Hen­der­son’s apart­ment in Gar­land County. There of­fi­cers al­legedly dis­cov­ered sus­pected pre­scrip­tion Xanax pills, a glass jar con­tain­ing 1.8 grams of sus­pected meth and a set of dig­i­tal scales.

Of­fi­cers also re­ported find­ing sev­eral loaded guns, in­clud­ing a Rem­ing­ton 12-gauge shot­gun, a .22-cal­iber Smith & Wes­son, a Star SA 9-mm, a .45-cal­iber Smith & Wes­son and a Brown­ing 380. A plas­tic con­tainer with “nu­mer­ous as­sorted rounds of am­mu­ni­tion and loaded mag­a­zines” also re­port­edly was col­lected.

The com­plaint charges Hen­der­son with pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine with the in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of co­caine with the in­tent to dis­trib­ute, felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and pos­ses­sion of a firearm in fur­ther­ance of a drug traf­fick­ing of­fense.

Hen­der­son made an ini­tial court ap­pear­ance Tues­day be­fore U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Barry Bryant in the Texarkana Di­vi­sion of the West­ern Dis­trict of Arkansas with Ryan Rain­wa­ter of the Fed­eral Pub­lic De­fend­ers Of­fice. Rain­wa­ter waived the is­sue of de­ten­tion on Hen­der­son’s be­half.

As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney David Har­ris is han­dling the pros­e­cu­tion.

Hen­der­son is be­ing held in the Miller County jail.



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