Sheriff’s K-9 alerts on man arrested on drug charges

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s K-9, who was used while a drug related search warrant was served Thursday, alerted on a man in the house and officers recovered a bag containing cocaine base he had concealed on his body.

Marvin Thornton, 33, who is on federal court probation was told to “squat and cough and a plastic bag fell from his buttocks,” Detective Richard McCorvy said in a probable cause affidavit that was read in court Friday.

McCorvy reported that Police Vice and Narcotics Officers, investigators from the Tri-County Drug Task Force, sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Kelly and Kelly’s partner, K-9 Sgt. Andor, served the warrant at an apartment at 2103 S. Beech St., and detained Thornton, a female and a small child while the search was conducted.

Thornton and the female, who was released pending further investigation, were sitting on a couch and St. Andor alerted on the couch, then “kept sniffing Thornton” when Thornton was taken into the kitchen of the apartment, McCorvy said in the probable cause affidavit.

The cocaine base weighed 2.2 grams.

McCorvy reported that Thornton was not interviewed after he asked for an attorney.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Thornton after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Thornton, and told him to come back to court Dec. 21.