JONESBORO, Ark. – A police K-9 smelled something wrong with a man on a motorcycle and the dog turned out to be right.
Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night, officers stopped a motorcycle leaving a residence known for selling methamphetamine, according to the Jonesboro Police Department incident report by Officer Bryan Bailey.
The driver, Marty Gene Melton, 52, of Marked Tree, said he was coming from a completely different residence. Officer asked if he had anything illegal on him and Melton said no, the report details, but when officers asked for permission to search him, he would not give a clear-cut answer.
“Why do y’all want to search me,” Melton said, according to Bailey.
The officer retrieved his K9 unit, which signaled something was in one of the man’s gloves, lying on the ground.
“Narcotic detector dog “Shine” is trained and certified to detect the odor of controlled substances,” Bailey noted in the report. “These substances include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy. Upon location of the odor of these five controlled substances, the dog’s behavior will change. The dog is trained to come to a final response of sitting and/or staring at the source of the odor. This is called a “passive” final response. This response may also indicate items recently contaminated with, or associated with, the odor of one or more of the controlled substances.”
When officers told Melton the dog had sniffed something out, he then said he had a “little bit” on him, in his right side pocket, the report said. Officers found a small bag containing a meth rock.
Melton was arrested for felony possession of meth. He was also cited for failure to use a turn signal. He was taken to Craighead County Detention Center.