According to an affidavit filed with the 16th Judicial Court, Johnathan Lee Hall, 28, of Viola and George Jason Krumsick, 38, of Gepp, were arrested April 16 by officers of the Salem Police Department and now face felony drug charges in district court.
Officer Johnny Byler received a report on April 16 that two males who appeared to be under the influence of something were seen leaving the White Oak Shell station in Salem in a green Ford Escort.
Byler caught up with the car at the stoplight in Salem and observed it driving left of center. Byler chased down the vehicle for approximately half a mile before it came to a stop. During the chase, he saw the passenger in the vehicle attempting to hide something.
Byler approached the passenger side of the vehicle and observed that passenger Krumsick had his pants unzipped, and there appeared to be a pill bottle in plain view partially hidden inside his pants.
Krumsick was asked to step outside of the vehicle, and during a pat down Byler discovered two plastic pill bottles, one with aspirin and one was a brown prescription bottle with the label removed.
Byler also found two used syringes on the floor mat of the passenger side of the vehicle.
Just under the passenger seat, Byler located the bottoms of two aluminum cans, one which had an unidentifiable white pill in it, and the other with burnt residue on it.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Hall, and was taken into custody on charges of DWI and driving left of center. Located in the driver side floor area of the vehicle, Byler found two more used syringes in plain view.
As Hall was being placed in the patrol car, he informed Byler that he had pills hidden in his sock. Byler discovered a cellophane wrapper containing numerous pills upon examination.
Investigator James Humphrey examined the evidence found during the arrest, and based on his training and experience, identified the aluminum can bottoms as devices commonly used to melt or breakdown pills or other illegal drugs to get them ready to be ingested using a syringe.
The pills located in the two suspects' possession were identified by the imprinted numbers, letter and descriptions found on the website Identadrug.
In Krumsick's possession were four Roxicodone with the ingredient Oxycodone, schedule C II; 21 Norco with the ingredients of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone, schedule C III; 41 Carisoprodol with the ingredient Carisoprodol, schedule C muscle relaxant; and 9.5 Xanax with the ingredient Alprazolam, schedule C IV.
The pills located in Hall's possession were identified as seven Carisoprodol with the ingredient Carisoprodol, schedule C muscle relaxant. In a post Miranda statement, Hall admitted being addicted to drugs and that he had gotten his pills from Krumsick. He also told investigators that he did not have a prescription for the pills and that he had been using them by injecting them with a syringe.
Both suspects have lengthy criminal histories showing convictions for felony charges, and both are currently on parole from the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Krumsick's history shows three felony convictions out of Fulton County circuit court along with a charge for failure to appear. Hall's history shows two felony drug convictions and 16 felony forgery convictions out of the Fulton County circuit court.
All items of evidence will be submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.
Krumsick currently faces six new felony charges related to the arrest; Hall faces three new felony charges.