Police arrest three on drug-related charges

Columbus Police arrested three area residents on drug-related charges after a traffic stop near 10th Street and U.S. 31.

Officer Travis Harbaugh stopped the vehicle at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday after the driver, later identified as Shannon D. Caudill-Jent, 44, 4950 E. County Road 550N, failed to signal a turn, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Harbaugh spoke to Caudill-Jent and two passengers, Rachel L. Hiatt, 29, 355 N. Jackson St., Hartsville, and Daniel J. Butler, 54, 3385 Virginia St. and determined Hiatt had given him a false name, Harris said.

The officer also determined that Hiatt and Caudill-Jent had warrants for their arrest, Harris said.

Officers searched the vehicle before it was towed and found a glasses case containing a hypodermic needle and drug paraphernalia near where Butler was sitting in the car, Harris said.

When the three arrived at the Bartholomew County Jail, a jail corrections officer located narcotics that Hiatt attempted to conceal in her clothing, Harris said. The narcotics were later tested and revealed to be heroin, Harris said.

Hiatt was arrested on charges of a warrant for violation of probation on a conversion charge, possession of a legend drug injection device, possession of drug paraphernalia, false informing, trafficking with an inmate and possession of heroin, Harris said. She is being held without bond at the jail.

Butler was arrested on charges of possession of a legend drug injection device and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released from jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, jail officials said.

Caudill-Jent was arrested on charges of a parole warrant, possession of a legend drug injection device, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while suspended with a prior conviction, Harris said. She is being held without bond at the jail.

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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.