During a joint interstate criminal enforcement operation, Banks County and Lowndes County deputies conducted a traffic stop which lead to the arrest of a murder suspect. Travis Cochran, 27, of Louisiana, has been wanted by the U.S. Marshals for murder in New Orleans since 2013.
Cochran was the passenger in the 2014 Toyota Highlander that was stopped on I-85 north at exit 149. During the traffic stop, Cochran gave a false name and birth date several times to deputies. One name and date of birth that Cochran gave matched with a subject who had an outstanding DeKalb County warrant. Cochran was arrested for the warrant and transported to Banks County Law Enforcement Center. When his fingerprints were scanned through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), the system revealed Cochran’s real identity. The system also alerted that Cochran had an outstanding Gwinnett County Police Department warrant for possession of marijuana and the outstanding New Orleans Police Department warrant for murder.
Sheriff Speed complimented the joint operation by reporting that through these enforcement efforts, Banks County deputies can advance in their experience by working alongside other agencies.
“The investigative skills of our deputies continue to increase through training and experience, improving the solvability of crimes in our community.”
Sheriff Speed stated last year alone, Banks County deputies received over 5,000 combined training hours.