3 arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs, cell phones in Penal Farm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There are three men who have been arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs and cells phones into the Penal Farm.

On Nov. 27, the Deputy Administrator for the Shelby County Corrections told other members of law enforcement that a recorded phone call with two inmates, Quincey Asque and Calvin Evans, with Marquiz Showers, revealed a group was going to attempt to smuggle drugs into the Penal Farm, an affidavit read.

In the recorded conversation, Showers and an unknown group were going to cut the fence to the Penal Farm and deliver drugs inside of a bag along with cell phones, officials said.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Showers had a blue Ford Fusion.

Detectives set up in the area to locate the car, according to an affidavit.

Officials saw the blue Ford Fusion pull into the lot of Hop-In convenience store located at 1369 Sycamore View and saw the driver-side brake light to be out.

According to the affidavit, detectives then initiated a traffic stop on the car and Larry Cobbs was identified as the driver, whose license was suspended.

Detectives on the scene smelled an odor of marijuana emitting from inside of the car and those inside the car were then asked out of the car.

Showers was seated in the front passenger side seat and was seen making movements as if to hide something, the affidavit said.

Travis Freeman was seated in the rear passenger side seat and another man was seated in the rear driver side seat.

According to court records, a K9 unit was requested to conduct an open-air sniff of the car and positively alerted to the odor of narcotics.

A search of the car was conducted. Detectives located a bag of a green leafy-like substance consistent with marijuana stuffed in the passenger side front seat in the center console.

Also, clear bags of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana were located in a grocery bag in the backseat floorboard between Freeman and another man. A bag of a white powder-like substance consistent with cocaine was also located, the affidavit said.

Officials said the grocery bag contained cigarettes, food and three cell phones.

Two digital scales commonly used to weigh illegal narcotics were also found inside of the center consul of the car, an affidavit said.

Cobalt bolt cutters were on top of the grocery bag where the suspected drugs were located.

The white powder tested positive for cocaine and the green leafy substance tested positive for THC.

According to court records, Freeman is charged with:

  • Criminal attempt possession to take contraband into a penal facility
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Two counts of possession of a controlled substance to manufacture, distribute, or sell
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Vandalism
  • Two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia

According to court records, Showers was charged with:

  • Criminal attempt possession to take contraband into a penal facility
  • Two counts of possession of a controlled substance to manufacture, distribute, or sell
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia

According to court records, Cobbs is charged with:

  • Criminal attempt possession to take contraband into a penal facility
  • Driving while license is revoked or suspended
  • Two counts of possession of a controlled substance to manufacture, distribute, or sell
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • License plate light required
  • Two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia

All are due in court Monday.