Jonesboro K9 leads police to drug arrests

Jonesboro K9 leads police to drug arrests
Mickle Wayne Warnick (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Mickle Wayne Warnick (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police arrested two people early Saturday morning when they say a K9 busted them with drugs on an overpass.

Christy Johnson, 40, of Black Rock and Mickle Warnick, 39, of Hoxie told police they were in town to get a hotel room after they were pulled over for driving on top of the yellow lines.

While running their names through dispatch, the officer saw Warnick, in the passenger seat, moving around "as if he was attempting to hide or conceal something."

According to the police report, Warnick had an extensive history of illegal narcotics use and sells.

Johnson told the officer she had a history of drug use also.

Johnson said there was not anything illegal in the vehicle she was driving.

Shine, the K9, made several passes by the vehicle and gave the officer a positive alert.

That is when police found a briefcase-style box sitting in the passenger side floorboard with a digital scale in it.

While an officer searched the vehicle, he heard a small thump where the couple was standing.

The officer searched Warnick, then later found a small multi-colored box laying in the grass about 5 feet from them.

Inside, there was large and small bags of suspected methamphetamine and a small bag of marijuana.

Because both Johnson and Warnick told the officer the drugs did not belong to them, they were both arrested.

They both face charges for possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver greater than 2 grams but less than 10 grams, and possession of a schedule 6 substances less than 4 ounces.

Warnick also faces a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

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