The driver of a Greyhound Bus stopped at the Hot Springs Transportation Plaza and alerted Hot Springs police and 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force to a strong smell of marijuana emitting from his bus.
According to the 18th Judicial Drug Task force, Officer Franklin was dispatched to 100 Broadway Terrace to the Transportation Depot on a drug complaint call. Upon arrival, Officer Franklin made contact with Dana Hurt, the driver of the Greyhound Bus. He stated that he can smell odor of marijuana coming from either someone or somewhere on the bus.
As Officer Franklin approached the bus passenger door, he immediately could smell the very strong odor of marijuana inside the bus. Officer Franklin then contacted the K-9 Unit and Officer B. Jones and his dog Keena arrived on the scene.
Keena and Officer Jones responded to the Transportation Depot to have K-9 Keena sniff around the bus. The driver of the bus stated that the smell of marijuana inside the bus.
After all the passengers were evacuated and police had Keena sniff all the bags inside the bus. Keena showed no alert inside the bus so Officer Jones continued to search the passenger compartment on the outside of the bus.
When Keena got to the rear of the compartment on the driver’s side, she began to climb over the bags and get into the compartment. When Keena could not get all the way into the compartment, she came out and went to final response.
Officer Jones had everything removed from that compartment and lined the street. Keena was then told to sniff the luggage while they were on the street. Keena went directly to one of the bags and put her nose on the zipper and went to final response. The Drug Task Force agents were then called. Police showed agents the bag that Keena alerted so they could get a search warrant.
Upon arrival Investigator Constant was advised by officer Jones that his partner Keena had a positive alert on a black/brown suitcase that was located in the storage compartment of the Greyhound Bus.
Investigator Constant obtained a search warrant for the suitcase.
After obtaining a search warrant, the suitcase was opened and 26.5 pounds of marijuana was discovered to be inside.
The suitcase claim number was matched with Tynekkia Cockrill.
Cockrill’s name was located on the bag of marijuana.
Cockrill stated that she flew to Houston, Texas and picked up the suitcase and was riding the Greyhound Bus to Paducah, Kentucky to drop it off.
Cockrill was arrested for Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver. She is being held at the Garland County Detention Center.