Columbus man arrested on meth-making charge

Indiana State Police arrested a local man riding a bicycle in Columbus after items to make methamphetamine were found in his backpack.

Errick M. Rutherford, 29, 551 N. County Road 675W, was arrested at 5:10 p.m. Monday on a preliminary felony charge of possession of methamphetamine precursors with intent to manufacture, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.

Trooper Robert Hutson stopped Rutherford, who was riding a bicycle at Pence Calla and State streets in Columbus, Wheeles said. When speaking to Rutherford, Hutson became suspicious of criminal activity taking place and asked and was given permission to search Rutherford’s backpack, Wheeles said.

The trooper found items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the backpack, Wheeles said.

Master Trooper Martin Mead, a member of the state police Methamphetamine Suppression Team, disposed of the items Rutherford had in his backpack, Wheeles said.

Rutherford was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $7,500 surety bond, jail officials said.