Pot and pills lead to probation

Olivia Willis of rural Mountain Home entered a guilty plea to drug-related charges and was sentenced to three years probation during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court last week.

The 21-year-old Willis was arrested in mid-August last year when an Arkansas State Police trooper stopped her vehicle for having no license plate plus other traffic infractions.

The trooper also reported detecting the strong odor of marijuana come from the vehicle. Willis gave the trooper permission to search the car, and he found drugs, including marijuana and Hydrocodone. According to the probable cause affidavit, Willis claimed ownership of the drugs.

In addition to probation, Willis was ordered to submit to an assessment by Health Resources of Arkansas and to follow the recommendations she was given by HRA. Health Resources deals with a number of issues, including addictions.

Willis was sentenced under provisions of Act 346, meaning if she says out of trouble during her probation period, she can apply to the court to have her record sealed.

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