Man sen­tenced to 8 years in prison af­ter drug sting

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - STEVEN MROSS

A Hot Springs man ar­rested ear­lier this year in a drug sting in­volv­ing more than 11 pounds of mar­i­juana was sen­tenced to eight years in prison Mon­day af­ter plead­ing guilty in Gar­land County Cir­cuit Court.

Joshua Car­ringer, 32, who lists a Ta­lent­wood Street ad­dress, pleaded guilty to one count of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with pur­pose to de­liver, pun­ish­able by up to 10 years, while a more se­ri­ous charge of en­gag­ing in a con­tin­u­ing crim­i­nal enterprise, pun­ish­able by up to 30 years, was with­drawn by pros­e­cu­tors.

Two al­leged ac­com­plices, Ja­son Carter

Hinze, 32, and Pa­tri­cia Renee Hinze, 34, who were both ar­rested the same day as Car­ringer and each charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with pur­pose to de­liver, mar­i­juana, are cur­rently free on $3,500 bond each and are both set for trial Oct. 10, 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, on Jan. 12, shortly af­ter 3:30 p.m., in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the 18th Ju­di­cial District East Drug Task Force con­ducted a con­trolled de­liv­ery of one box which had been de­ter­mined to con­tain ap­prox­i­mately 11.2 pounds of mar­i­juana to 155 Com­mand­ment Lane, the listed res­i­dence of Ja­son and Pa­tri­cia Hinze.

No one an­swered the door, so the pack­age was left on the front porch while DTF in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­ducted sur­veil­lance on the res­i­dence. A few min­utes later, a man and woman, later iden­ti­fied as Ja­son and Pa­tri­cia Hinze, ar­rived and took the pack­age in­side the res­i­dence.

With the as­sis­tance of deputies with the Gar­land County Sher­iff’s Tac­ti­cal Re­sponse Team, DTF in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on the res­i­dence. Ja­son Hinze al­legedly ran out the back door of the res­i­dence with the pack­age in his hands and threw it. They de­tained him and took pos­ses­sion of the box.

The res­i­dence was searched and in­ves­ti­ga­tors al­legedly lo­cated four jars with a to­tal of 76 grams of mar­i­juana, a set of dig­i­tal scales, two grinders with mar­i­juana residue, two smok­ing de­vices, a loaded

.410 Colt re­volver, a 20-gauge shot­gun, an AR-15 ri­fle and $4,375 in cash that was all seized by the DTF.

The af­fi­davit notes in­ves­ti­ga­tors had knowl­edge a third sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Car­ringer, was en route to the res­i­dence to pick up the pack­age. In­ves­ti­ga­tors placed the pack­age back on the front porch and con­tin­ued to con­duct sur­veil­lance.

Shortly af­ter 6 p.m., Car­ringer ar­rived at the res­i­dence in a black

2011 Chevro­let Ca­maro, got out, walked up on the porch and picked up the pack­age. He started walk­ing back to his car when he was ap­proached by in­ves­ti­ga­tors and taken into cus­tody. A to­tal of $3,613 in cash was found in his wal­let which was seized along with his ve­hi­cle.

Car­ringer was ini­tially held with­out bond, but later re­leased on $3,500 bond pend­ing trial.


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