Nikita Branstetter

An Etowah man is facing theft and drug charges following a shoplifting call from the Oneida Wal-Mart. Even in arrest the suspect attempted to conceal drugs.

Cody Lloyd, 28, was taken into custody on March 28 after a brief investigation by the Oneida Police Department. According to an arrest warrant filed by Officer Skylar Chambers, Lloyd was allegedly shoplifting when loss prevention noted him concealing items in his pockets. Oneida Police Chief Darryl Laxton initially apprehended Lloyd and found him to have sunglasses, Krazy Glue, a ratchet, and other items in his pockets. Along with the allegedly stolen items, authorities found a green case containing a pipe used to smoke marijuana and rolling papers.

While officers held Lloyd inside for questioning, Oneida Police Department K-9 Officer Toby Jeffers identified the suspect’s vehicle and spoke with a female passenger, Elizabeth Hopson, who gave Jeffers a marijuana roach. With probable cause, Jeffers then searched Lloyd’s car seizing .348 grams of methamphetamine, three spoons used for melting narcotics in, two used insulin syringes, three unopened syringes, and a marijuana pipe.

Lloyd was arrested and transported to the Scott County Justice Center, however, while en route to the facility allegedly the suspect concealed two 15 milligram oxycodone pills and admitted to correctional officer’s he had done so. While being processed into the jail, officers additionally found methamphetamine and marijuana in Lloyd’s mouth.

Lloyd was charged with Theft under $1,000, Possession of Schedule Two Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule Two Oxycodone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.