2 arrested after routine traffic stop

Staff Reports

Police arrested two Bartholomew County residents after Columbus Police Department canine Max alerted officers to narcotics in a vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

The arrests happened about 3:50 p.m. Saturday when Officer John Searle made a traffic stop at Fourth and Cleveland streets, said Sgt. Matt Harris, police department spokesman.

One passenger, Rick L. Walker, 50, 2401 Sixth St., was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

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Another passenger, Amanda J. Williams, 26, 8810 S. County Road 500W, was arrested on two warrants and a charge of false informing after she attempted to conceal her real identity from police, Harris said.

After the canine alerted to drugs in the vehicle, police located two smoking pipes with narcotics residue inside in the vehicle, Harris said. Officers also found a small amount of meth in Walker’s pants pocket, he said.

The driver and a fourth occupant of the vehicle were released.

Walker is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $62,500 bond, according to jail officials.

Williams is being held at the jail in lieu of $13,500 bond on a Bartholomew County warrant and the false informing charge, and no bond on a warrant out of Johnson County, according to jail records.