New Castle News

January 20, 2014

Man faces charges in city drug sting

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Police have filed charges against a New Castle man for heroin and cocaine possession.

New Castle police said the arrest of Rodney Bernard Madison, 37, of 741 Altman Road came as the result of a sting operation that employed a confidential informant.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Madison, a joint operation by the Lawrence County Special Investigative Unit and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, made arrangements to have an informant meet with Madison in the parking lot of a West Side business.

The meeting took place just after 3 p.m. Thursday and the complaint said the informant paid Madison $1,000 in exchange for 10 grams of heroin.

After the transaction was completed, police said, Madison’s vehicle was stopped and he was taken into custody. A passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody as well, but later released.

After the auto was towed to the New Castle Police Department, the complaint said, a drug-sniffing dog detected contraband in it, and police observed a suspected bag of crack cocaine.

A warrant was then obtained to search the vehicle and the suspected cocaine and cash identified as that given to the confidential informant were taken as evidence. Police said the suspected heroin and cocaine were field tested and both registered positive as illegal drugs.

As a result, Madison was charged with possession with intent to deliver, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

He was placed in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28.