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Two men face drug charges after carjacking investigation

Michael Vincent Utech, left, and Charles David Carter (Jackson County Sheriff's Office photos)

Jackson County authorities said they arrested the two suspects on charges not related to the Monday carjacking.

Posted: Apr 3, 2018 11:39 AM
Updated: Apr 3, 2018 11:41 AM

Two men are in the Jackson County Jail on drug charges and could be hit with carjacking charges as well, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

The carjacking happened Monday at a cemetery on County Road 215 near Nat Mountain, according to the sheriff's office. 

A Jackson County deputy found a suspect vehicle and stopped it on Westlawn Drive in Scottsboro, authorities said. The deputy said he found 35 grams of methamphetamine and a .22-caliber handgun in the vehicle. Michael Vincent Utech, 27, of Scottsboro, was arrested for meth trafficking, meth possession, drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail on $35,300 bond.

Later Monday evening, Scottsboro police said they found a second carjacking suspect at a home on Benson Lane in Scottsboro. Sheriff's deputies arrived and said they found Charles David Carter, 37, of Gurley, with a small amount of meth and drug paraphernalia. Carter was charged with meth and drug paraphernalia possession. He was jailed on $5,300 bond.

Investigators are still looking into the carjacking case and have not filed any charges, authorities said.

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