Traffic stop results in drug arrest

A local man is in custody after Columbus police said they found cocaine and methamphetamine in his car after a traffic stop.

Francisco Castillo, 26, 2252 Indiana Ave., was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

Castillo was stopped at 3:30 a.m. Monday after Columbus police said he disregarded a traffic signal at 25th Street and Marr Road, Harris said.

Officer Kelly Hibbs saw the traffic violation and after speaking with Castillo, learned he did not have a driver’s license, Harris said.

When Castillo got out of his car, Hibbs saw that Castillo was attempting to conceal something in his hand, Harris said. A glass smoking pipe was recovered, Harris said.

A small amount of methamphetamine and cocaine was located inside Castillo’s vehicle, Harris said.

Castillo is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $70,000 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.