Responding to a report of several shots being fired in the Garland and Center street area, Helena-West Helena Police arrested two subjects for possession of a controlled substance and a 9mm pistol on Dec. 12, according to H–WHPD Police reports.
During a search of the area where the shots were reportedly fired, Officer Steven Eldridge spotted an SUV leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Eldridge's narrative noted that the person driving the vehicle fit the description of the alleged shooter.
Eldridge asked the driver to step out of the car and show him his driver's license and proof of insurance, the report stated. The officer searched the subject to determine if he had a weapon in his immediate possession. The occupants of the SUV were identified as Brandon O'Neal and Denzel Calhoun.
According to Eldridge's report, after questioning the men officers determined that their stories of the events leading up to the stop did not match.
The report went on to say that Eldridge cuffed the subjects for officers' safety and called for backup. After the additional units arrived, police conducted a search of the vehicle. One of the officers observed that the cup holder insert in the center of the vehicle's console was sticking up slightly.
Eldridge lifted up the cup holder insert and found a large baggie of green leafy substance. The report adds that a further search of the compartment turned up another large baggie of green leafy substance, a digital scale, which had green leafy residue on the weighing tray, a 9mm pistol containing ten 9mm round bullets and an empty baggie.
O'Neal and Calhoun were transferred to the Helena-West Helena Police Department for additional processing. The report states that a criminal history was run through NCIC/ACIC on O'Neal. According to the findings, O'Neal had two prior convictions of possession of a controlled substance in Fayetteville. It was also revealed that O'Neal is a convicted felon.
The green leafy substance field-tested positive for THC. The report says the two baggies of the green leafy substance, the 9mm ammo and magazine were turned over as evidence.
The report does not state what charges the pair face.