Police find meth after motorcycle stop

Columbus police arrested two people on drug-related charges after an officer stopped their motorcycle for failing to signal when changing lanes.

The motorcycle driver, Virl D. Murray, 46, 1860 N. County Road 700W, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug injection device, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

Officer Troy Love stopped Murray at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday near Third Street and Lafayette Avenue, Harris said.

Love noted the passenger, a 17-year-old juvenile on the motorcycle, was trying to conceal something in his coat, Harris said.

The juvenile refused to show Love his hands when he was ordered to do so, Harris said. Love found several syringes in the coat that the juvenile was wearing, Harris said.

Love arrested Murray after he found drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in a bag under the motorcycle seat, Harris said.

Murray was released from the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bond, jail officials said.

The juvenile was taken to the Bartholomew County Youth Services Shelter on a preliminary charge of possession of a legend drug injection device, Harris 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.