Photo: Scott Robert Ellis
Marion County law enforcement has served an arrest warrant on a Mountain Home man on felony drug charges connected to an incident in late September. Online court documents indicate 42-year-old Scott Robert Ellis has been arrested three times in 2020 on drug charges, with the other cases filed in Washington and Sebastian counties.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in the Marion County case, Ellis’ vehicle was stopped on the evening of Sept. 22 following a report of a reckless driver on State Highway 145, The vehicle was reported in the oncoming lane and all over the road.
A Marion County deputy conducted a traffic stop of Ellis’ vehicle, after observing it cross the centerline four times.
Ellis reportedly told the deputy he was returning to Mountain Home from Hot Springs and was in a rush to get home.
Dispatch advised Ellis was on active probation with a search waiver on file.
A K9 officer conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle, as the deputy observed a large amount of bags, luggage and boxes in the vehicle. He would later remove the cargo and place the items in an array in the parking lot, where he had initiated the traffic stop.
A search of the interior of the vehicle and the items in the parking lot revealed a number of items of drug paraphernalia.
Inside the back hatch of the vehicle, the deputy observed an electric wheelchair Ellis reportedly said he had purchased for his mother that day.
The wheelchair was in two pieces with the base wheeled portion on the left and the seat on the right.
Upon closer inspection of the wheelchair with a flashlight under the plastic cover, the deputy “could barely see a plastic box that looked out of place sitting on top of the batteries.”
He then found the box had magnets holding it to the wheelchair, as well as a d-ring latched around some wiring in an attempt to hold it in place.
The box contained three clear bags holding white crystals suspected of being methamphetamine, a digital scale and two clear bags of a green leafy substance. Also in the box were other items of drug paraphernalia, as well as four doses of suspected LSD.
Ellis was charged with
* Possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with purpose to deliver, Class A felony
* Possession of Schedule I or II, not meth or cocaine, with purpose to deliver, Class C felony
* Possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony
* Possession of Schedule VI with purpose to deliver, Class A misdemeanor
* Driving left of center, misdemeanor
Ellis was also charged as a habitual offender. He has more than 10 prior felony convictions in Arkansas. Most recently, he pled to four felonies on July 29 in Washington County.
Online court records indicate he received a 72-month suspended imposition of sentence, with six months to serve in the Washington County jail.
His bond in the Marion County case was set at $50,000.
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