Carjacking claim leads to drug charge

John Thompson • Mar 22, 2019 at 9:49 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A complaint about a carjacking in Stoney Creek led to a drug charge against a man and the serving of an outstanding warrant on a juvenile.

Deputy Cody Farley of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said he responded to the Citgo on the Stoney Creek Highway to receive a complaint from a man who said Cody Joshua Madden, 28, had taken the victim’s silver Acura at gunpoint just 30 minutes earlier.

Once the sheriff’s department had the information, it did not take long for a silver Acura to be stopped by deputies at the Unaka Village Apartments and Madden and two passengers were detained.

Deputies reported that Madden claimed ownership of the Acura, saying he had bought the car off the alleged victim for $2,700.

After Madden claimed ownership of the vehicle, deputies said he gave consent for them to search the vehicle. One of the deputies reported finding a small vial containing a white crystalline residue that appeared to be methamphetamine. The vial was found in the center console of the car.

After verifying the vehicle identification number, a records check indicated the car did not belong to either Madden or the man who claimed to have been the victim of a carjacking. The car was then towed away by the sheriff’s department.

Madden and the male passenger in the car were taken to the sheriff’s department’s investigation section for questioning, where the passenger said the cash transaction had ended with the man who claimed to have been carjacked freely giving Madden the vehicle and the title. He said there was no gun or dispute between the two men.

Investigators said that due to the fact that Madden claimed ownership of the car and had given consent to the search that had revealed the crystalline substance, he was issued a criminal summons charging him with simple possession/casual exchange.

Madden was scheduled to appear in Carter County Sessions Court on Friday, but according to the document he did not appear and a capias was issued for his appearance. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. ordered his bond to be $25,000.

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