Bicyclist arrested on meth-possession charge

A Columbus man riding a bike and pulling a second bicycle behind him was arrested after he told police he had methamphetamine in his pocket, police said.

Columbus police arrested Roger K. Burton, 50, of 501 N. Cherry St., after Officer Frank Dickman stopped him near 13th Street and Grand Avenue, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

Dickman said Burton appeared nervous and later told police he had methamphetamine in his pocket, Harris said. Officers also located a glass smoking pipe in Burton’s pants pocket, he said.

After Burton was in custody, police determined he had a local felony warrant for failure to appear on an initial charge of possession of methamphetamine, Harris said.

Burton was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and the Bartholomew County warrant, Harris said.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $67,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.