A local man with at least six drug arrests over the past 14 months appeared in Circuit Court on Wednesday.
The charges presented against Cody Elkins, 26, on Wednesday include possession of Schedule VI drugs from half an ounce to 10 pounds of marijuana or hash, possession of methamphetamine, simple possession/ casual exchange, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, attempt to tamper with evidence, possession of firearm with intent to go armed, and a second charge of simple possession/ casual exchange from several different dates.
In June 2018, Elkins was charged with possession of a Schedule II substance, being Hydrocodone, without a valid prescription from a physician, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempt to tamper with evidence and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony.
According to the arrest warrant in November 2018, officer Edwards conducted a traffic stop on a gold Nissan and discovered Elkins as the driver and Keely Jacobs inside. When Edwards approached the vehicle, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Edwards had the occupants step out of the vehicle and performed a probable cause search.
Edwards discovered a clear baggie containing marijuana located next to the driver seat and between the center console. Edwards also found several prescription pill bottles, a pill fob and a cut straw in Jacobs’ purse. Located in the pill fob was a green pill identified as Oxycodone, a Schedule II substance. Inside one of the pill bottles, Edwards discovered a greenish yellow powdered substance. Both Elkins and Jacobs were placed under arrest. Elkins was charged with possession of marijuana.
In May 2019, the warrant says officer Brad Hall was dispatched to a home on Beta Street for dogs running at large. After speaking with the homeowner, Hall went to the neighbor’s house to speak with someone about the dogs. When Kaitlynn Foster opened the door to the home, Hall detected an odor of marijuana.
After Hall spoke with Foster regarding the dogs running at large, he questioned Foster about the smell of marijuana and requested to search the apartment, but was denied access without a warrant. With the knowledge of two small children being located in the apartment, Hall went inside and found Elkins and two children, ages 3 and 5.
Hall was granted a search warrant by Judge Bart Stanley. Upon searching the home, Hall and other officers discovered four bags of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, 66 yellow capsules identified as Gabapentin, numerous plastic sealable bags, a marijuana grinder, three digital scales with residue on them and two glass pipes. The pills and marijuana grinder were able to be reached by the children. Elkins was charged with child endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of Gabapentin and possession of methamphetamine over half a gram.
Another warrant states in May 2019, police were called to an address regarding dogs running at large and jumping on the caller’s small children. The warrant claims the owners of the dogs, Kaitlynn Foster and Cody Elkins, were not in control of the animals resulting in the charges of dogs running at large.
According to the arrest warrant, in June 2019, detective Eddie Colwell witnessed Elkins driving. With prior knowledge Elkins had arrest warrants out of Warren County, Colwell conducted a traffic stop. When Colwell activated his blue lights, Elkins failed to stop. Colwell then activated his sirens and followed the vehicle for approximately 750 yards. Elkins pulled into a driveway and was taken into custody.
A search of the vehicle revealed a dollar bill containing white residue. The substance field-tested positive for meth. Elkins was charged with possession of meth and evading arrest with a vehicle.
In July 2019, the arrest warrant states deputy Davis conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and found Elkins as the driver. During the traffic stop, Davis discovered the passenger of the vehicle had an active criminal summons out of Warren County.
The driver, Elkins, admitted to having marijuana in his pocket. A search of the car was conducted with deputy Jared Jacobs assisting and Jacobs found a clear bag with six grams of a crystal substance, scales and a small notebook ledger. Due to the substance being located under the driver’s seat, Elkins was arrested for manufacturing, selling or delivering meth.
Elkins is represented by attorney Bud Sharp with Elkins scheduled to make an appearance in front of Judge Stanley once again Dec. 11.