Hope man charged with possession

    A Hope man has been charged with possession of cocaine.

    44-year-old Rito Alvarado-Gomez was stopped by Ashdown police on October 20 for speeding.  In the course of the traffic stop, police searched Gomez’s vehicle, noting multiple air fresheners inside.  Police found a small pouch of a substance believed to be cocaine in the center console. 

    Police field tested the substance, which came back positive as cocaine.  Neither Gomez nor his passenger had a valid driver’s license.  Gomez was arrested at the scene. 

    A Little River County Circuit Court has charged him with Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine More Than Two Grams but Less Than 10 Grams.

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