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May 12, 2014

2 EMTs arrested after police find marijuana inside ambulance

The list of items found inside the ambulance included: cannabis infused oral spray, pot corn and green marijuana cigars

By EMS1 Staff

MAUMELLE, Ark. — Two EMTs were arrested after police pulled over their ambulance and found marijuana inside.

Arkansas Matters reported that Jarrett Hamilton, 29, and Nelson Giles, 25, EMTs with a Memphis ambulance company, are being held on a string of charges.

The pair were driving a newly purchased ambulance back to Memphis when police made the stop. Police became suspicious when they saw that Hamilton and Giles not wearing EMT uniforms; the rig also lacked any municipal identification.

The list of items found inside the ambulance included: cannabis infused oral spray, pot corn and green marijuana cigars.

They were charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and five counts of delivering, possessing and manufacturing drug paraphernalia or a counterfeit controlled substance, according to the report. 

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Denise Cole Denise Cole Monday, May 12, 2014 9:44:41 AM Now unemployed EM T'S - what idiots
Jim Reginelli Jim Reginelli Monday, May 12, 2014 10:43:56 AM What memphis company ?
Robert Munson Robert Munson Monday, May 12, 2014 11:01:45 AM bestcare or soething
Dave Ovington-creighton Dave Ovington-creighton Monday, May 12, 2014 11:52:58 AM what twat
Dayan Inclán Dayan Inclán Monday, May 12, 2014 11:54:11 AM Pot corn?
John Collier John Collier Monday, May 12, 2014 12:23:11 PM what idots it ashame
Local Guy Local Guy Monday, May 12, 2014 12:24:00 PM sigh... dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb....
Chris Garritano Chris Garritano Monday, May 12, 2014 1:00:41 PM Dumb move by the EMT's risking their career like that BUT what I find more disturbing is the obvious racial profiling and probably illegal search of the vehicle.
Lou Sckunt Lou Sckunt Monday, May 12, 2014 1:03:58 PM Sounds like a racial profiling incident to me!
Brian J Schlote Brian J Schlote Monday, May 12, 2014 1:46:15 PM :(
Scott O'Connor Scott O'Connor Monday, May 12, 2014 2:28:44 PM Lol shut up with the race card crap
Scott O'Connor Scott O'Connor Monday, May 12, 2014 2:29:36 PM Just cause they're black doesn't make it profiling, snap out of your ignorance and grow up
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 2:52:53 PM Scott O'Connor fact is, he is right.
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 2:55:29 PM Scott O'Connor and regarding your other comment, im pretty sure he isn't the ignorant one here. to say there isn't racial profiling in the states still is moronic and hey...ignorant.
Tammy Keith-Burden Spradling Tammy Keith-Burden Spradling Monday, May 12, 2014 2:59:43 PM Stupid is all I can say...
Michael Elvin Michael Elvin Monday, May 12, 2014 3:17:14 PM Unforturely, "driving while black" still gets you pulled over in "some" areas. The cops are playing the odds and another unfortunate thing is that it often pays off for them. Or at least the media makes it seen so.
Scott O'Connor Scott O'Connor Monday, May 12, 2014 3:20:43 PM It's ignorant to automatically assume that it's profiling... Take the same story with no race identified, would you still assume it's profiling based on the same exact facts alone?
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 3:26:41 PM Scott O'Connor really? they saw two black guys driving an ambulance and it "didn't feel right" that's an ok argument? you're telling me that upon identification the cops still had the right to check the vehicle? if you were in a new vehicle, would you let police search it with no valid reason? I really hope you're not a constitutional rights advocate. all im saying is after they identified themselves there was literally no reason for the vehicle to be searched.
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 3:28:12 PM Scott O'Connor and lets get one thing cleared im not defending them but there is some serious questioning to this stop that needs to be done
Dave Bloom Dave Bloom Monday, May 12, 2014 3:52:42 PM I just wonder which is more embarrassing. The 2 geniuses with the drugs, or some of the comments on this.
Lou Sckunt Lou Sckunt Monday, May 12, 2014 3:53:47 PM Scott O'Connor I hardly see any probable cause in the article as to why they were stopped. But what I did read, seems like a far stretch for even reasonable suspicion. Im merely commenting about how i perceive it!
Scott O'Connor Scott O'Connor Monday, May 12, 2014 3:55:50 PM Chase, how would you know the circumstances were you there? Non uniformed people driving a public service vehicle is suspicious,
Scott O'Connor Scott O'Connor Monday, May 12, 2014 4:00:24 PM And after they decided to investigate if an officer smells marijuana he can get probable cause for a search, and with what they found I'm sure there was a scent... Bottom line is 2 scum bags were removed from the service which I am greatful for, because the integrity of our jobs needs to be kept in tact. None of us were there and don't know the circumstances of the stop, was it possibly profiling? Maybe, but to assume that just because they are black is ignorant.
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 4:00:32 PM for gods sake you blind man read what I said again and if you are still clueless why im calling you blind, ill just end the conversation
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 4:04:29 PM Scott O'Connor and I already told you buddy there are several factors. seeing how you misread what I said that makes YOU ignorant, go back to grade school
Scott O'Connor Scott O'Connor Monday, May 12, 2014 4:07:27 PM Good one, you're so cool with your online bullying, way to take the high road ;)
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 4:11:17 PM Scott O'Connor atleast I know how to read, and its ok I know that's your way of saying you were wrong, acceptance is the first step
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 4:41:37 PM Chase Doerscher "Police became suspicious when they saw that Hamilton and Giles not wearing EMT uniforms; the rig also lacked any municipal identification." That's a pretty clear reason for suspicion, whatever the skin color of the individuals in question.
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 4:44:12 PM Sounds like an unmarked emergency vehicle driven by two people in no kind of uniform type of profiling to me...
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 4:44:44 PM I'm guessing canna-butter coated popcorn, but that's a first for me as well.
Scott O'Connor Scott O'Connor Monday, May 12, 2014 4:45:26 PM Lol keep up the trash talk you're on a roll, maybe you'll even get good at it someday, don't feel compelled to post again cause I won't be reading it I'm not here to cyber fight someone who can't talk about something without bashing someone personally. Grow up bud
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 4:53:14 PM Scott O'Connor buddy its ok, we both know you were wrong atleast you accepted it, there is no reason to apologize Erik, you also failed to read any of my previous posts, what does that have to do with reasonable suspicion to have searched the rig?
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 4:57:43 PM Chase Doerscher There were two individuals - NOT in medics uniforms - driving around a brand new ambulance without municipal markings. How is that not suspicious? While it is legal for civilians to own an ambulance, it is uncommon in the extreme, and typically associated with impersonators, which are illegal.
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 5:02:04 PM hmm you still didn't read what I said, ill be nice and quote it...would that help? "after they identified themselves there was literally no reason for the vehicle to be searched." and please. if your next argument is that maybe they didn't have their ID's just don't bother
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 5:22:49 PM Chase Doerscher Aside from the copious amounts of marijuana product in the vehicle, you're right. It is standard procedure to search the vehicle if the odor of marijuana is detected by officers - though the specific cause for the search is not stated, leaving both you and I on speculative grounds. Still, I find my response less of a knee-jerk reaction than "racist pigs," so I'll stay with my opinion on the issue. You also do yourself a disservice with the vitriolic personal attacks - it's like calling "Nazi" in an argument for an automatic fail.
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 5:27:39 PM Chase Doerscher Additional details from the source: "The traffic stop was made shortly after 2 this morning near a Shell station on Hwy. 365 North. That's where a patrol officer had spotted the unmarked ambulance with no license plate, became suspicious, and called for backup." http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/d/story/ambulance-pulled-over-in-maumelle-2-memphis-men-ar/57479/oOeF7Mfxs0CmDD8pgxyjnw
Harry GoodQi Little Harry GoodQi Little Monday, May 12, 2014 5:28:14 PM They bought the weed legally in CO.....
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 5:29:05 PM Erik LeDuc for crying out loud, supporting constitutional rights doesn't mean Im calling cops racist, you need to get real dude, yes we don't know if they smelled weed but I mean come on, not everyone who is delivering vehicles are uniformed, the initial reason is a good reason but you know in all honesty both of them don't even look like EMT's and I don't hold it against the cops for pulling them over but as a constitution advocate I find it wrong.
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 5:33:05 PM Chase Doerscher Now this is a debate I can appreciate. I can appreciate your perspective - the expansion or warrant-less searches is concerning, but my fears are mitigated by results. Do you let criminals go, simply because a line a procedure manual was ignored? Then again, how far into our privacy can we accept government intrusion? In this specific instance, I think the police's actions were justified, but without seeing the actual police report on the incident, I can't say for sure.
Saul OfTarsus Saul OfTarsus Monday, May 12, 2014 5:51:47 PM Really? Weed? Lame!
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 6:20:19 PM Erik LeDuc heres the deal though, if it was based on getting lucky there would be thousand and thousand illegal searches everyday, youre bound to find something after you search so many people that shouldn't be applauded though, sure it was different because we have a unmarked ambulance in the equation but, lets throw race out of this, is it right for cops to pull over a person wearing raggy dirty clothes clothes in a 100,000 dollar car just because he looks out of place?
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 8:48:34 PM Chase Doerscher If something in the situation is cause for suspicion - like my recent hiking expedition on BLM land near the Mexico border in my beater truck - it warrants at least a stop and questions, IMHO.
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 8:56:14 PM Erik LeDuc yes and im not arguing that the problem here is that we don't know whether or not they searched the vehicle for no real reason or if they did have probable cause which would be a smell
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Monday, May 12, 2014 8:57:46 PM not necessarily up on whats a felony and whats not but the looks of it, it looks like they will be losing their EMT certification as well
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Monday, May 12, 2014 9:59:05 PM Chase Doerscher So... Agree to disagree until we know for sure?
Mike Tragesser Mike Tragesser Monday, May 12, 2014 10:09:47 PM In the video you are unable to see if there were dealer plates (no pun intended) affixed to the ambulance. The EMTs must have been able to provide the dealer invoice documents and IDs, so what would give the police probable cause to detain them further and search the vehicle? This gets tossed out in the USA, but in Arkansas who knows?
Chris Garritano Chris Garritano Monday, May 12, 2014 10:22:09 PM Race card? I'm white
Don Gutsell Don Gutsell Monday, May 12, 2014 11:34:54 PM The new cheech and chong
RickyTasha Brown RickyTasha Brown Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:15:12 AM A public service vehicle does not need a warrant to be searched, it is the county property! All personnel who are driving it are driving "a company vehicle". The state is not going to deny a search by their own law enforcement.
Erik LeDuc Erik LeDuc Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:21:12 AM RickyTasha Brown Yeeeees, but also no. Private citizens are allowed to own an ambulance, and the vehicle had neither municipal markings nor a license plate, which is what made the officer suspicious in the first place.
Chase Doerscher Chase Doerscher Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1:18:16 PM Erik LeDuc yep, no other choice really haha and Ricky the ambulance didn't belong to that county, did you even read the article?
Gregory Perdue Gregory Perdue Tuesday, May 13, 2014 4:11:24 PM Should have had a uniform on. It was profiling because you see two black dudes but hey it is what it is
Brad Borden Brad Borden Tuesday, May 13, 2014 4:22:52 PM pot corn???
Penny Morris Penny Morris Tuesday, May 13, 2014 5:09:39 PM That made bad choices that and their family's need prayers
Art Hall Art Hall Tuesday, May 13, 2014 5:18:51 PM Scott O'Conner your the moronic one take you comments and shove them up you back side
Michael Noel Michael Noel Tuesday, May 13, 2014 6:44:03 PM Dumb ass move
Jean-Thierry Aleman Jean-Thierry Aleman Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:10:57 PM Anybody need a job? Looks like there are two openings in Memphis.
John Williams John Williams Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:14:38 PM Busted......
Robert O'Connor Robert O'Connor Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:10:49 AM Cops had NO probable cause for the stop regardless of after the fact excuses, as for the medicinal pot it should be and will be legal soon enough sad these young men got caught in the failed War on Drugs... they hopefully refused all police requests for search and this will be thrown out...
Robert O'Connor Robert O'Connor Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:11:39 AM Yes the cops were shameful idiots...
Mark Betts Mark Betts Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:21:35 AM Not sure how this was a racial issue? Being in law enforcement and EMS, there had to be a legal reason to stop the vehicle - including investigative stops! Once you smell the weed you now have PC! Glad they were caught! Now it will reduce any potential medical malpractice and removed two individuals who have very low morals & ethics in providing care for your family.
Ian R Frankel Ian R Frankel Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:54:52 AM Why weren't they wearing uniforms? It would have been a lot less suspicious. Plus they violated the trust of the ambulance company they represented.
J.t. Cantrell J.t. Cantrell Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:34:00 AM If I may it was good police work in that I-40 is the primary East West corridor for drug trafficking in addition to the slave trade movement of females and children. Police have noticed that vehicles marked (improperly) as highway maintenance vehicles are hauling drugs in addition to rental vans and almost everything else. I saw the video and the unit being devoid of any affiliation would cause suspicion in addition to civilian clothes in an emergency vehicle. Speaking of race....just what does a bad guy look like ? Criminals come in all colors, sexes, creeds. Bad guys found by a good cop are gonna get busted. One other detail is that when the officer approached and the window went own he might have gotten a good whiff of marijuana and there is s key point. Lastly, terrorists are stealing all types of marked vehicles for later use in their operations. Some are actually buying them at auction. ANY marked vehicle that doesn't look right should be stopped and checked (no not if they are on a run).
Frikkie van der Merwe Frikkie van der Merwe Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:37:38 AM Sounds like South African Ambulances used to transport sheep and goats.
Karen Wesley Karen Wesley Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:53:21 AM Chris and Chase, I agree racial profiling continues to exist. However, you don't know that it occurred. These two made bad choices, put the public in harms way, ruined their careers and again gave EMS a bad name. They got caught. Please don't turn this into something other than criminal behavior.
Jamie Bingham Jamie Bingham Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:43:38 AM Odd comments about profiling, but the cop was right and his suspicion was correct. So did HE "racially profile" or did the EMT's actually live up to a certain profile? Seems everyone stereotyped the cop as a profiler, when in truth it was the EMT's living up to a common stereotype - they can't seem to do without "benign" marijuana. Even more amazing to me is this argument about marijuana's "benign" nature and such when here we have 2 guys willing to lose careers, willing to leave their families (are they raising their own children? or do they fit THAT stereotype too?), willing to go to jail and pay fines, for something so "nothing" according to our liberal friends. A common sense analysis would say that if it is so stupid NOT to legalize it, because it is so harmless, we would have to argue then it should be so easy to do without it just as easy, but that's not the case. All over the US parents/people/everyone are very willing to risk so much like I mentioned above for it and we get it okay....YOU like it and you want it.....but if it was pepsi that was outlawed I can't see people going to jail and abandoning their children and losing their professional licenses over it....so there's more to it. It's not so innocent as the predominant liberal democRATS want to push it, or that the others, who like I said from some of our perspectives about those who want it "we get it....YOU like it" want to make it out to be.
Jay Rose Jay Rose Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:49:20 AM Very well put!
Jay Rose Jay Rose Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:51:37 AM Not if the police say that there was a strong odor of marijuana when they initially approached the vehicle to confirm that the paperwork was in-fact legit. Even if they didn't smell anything I am quite certain that they will know just what to say to keep their felony arrest intact.
Mike Tragesser Mike Tragesser Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:48:27 PM Good points.
Michael Duffy Michael Duffy Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:41:32 PM Cantrell,could not have said it better. Doerscher, grow up, get some life experience than make your comments.
Mike Tragesser Mike Tragesser Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:16:06 PM In the EMT's defense, apparantly they were not intoxicated. No DUI charges. The little bundles they purchased and carried home are not immoral acts. In the Navy we used to fly from Pensacola to Texas and brought back cases of Coors. We were heroes! I don't see much difference.
James L. Williams James L. Williams Friday, May 23, 2014 1:56:27 PM https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152147818692083&set=o.342530369092766&type=1&theater

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