Traffic stop results in methamphetamine arrest

A traffic stop involving an unrestrained passenger in a vehicle resulted in the driver being arrested on several drug-related charges.

Kari A. Kinser, 39, 3420 25th St., was arrested after a traffic stop on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of legend drug injection device and a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of conversion, jail officials said. 

Columbus police officer Troy Love stopped Kinser’s vehicle at about 3:20 p.m. Sunday near Eighth Street and Hutchins Avenue, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Love confirmed the warrant for Kinser’s arrest. While searching her vehicle, he found a backpack that had a black bag inside with a lock on it, Harris said. The bag was partially open, and Love found syringes inside, Harris said.

After Love obtained a search warrant, the officer located 10 syringes, drug paraphernalia and three bags containing a small amount of methamphetamine, Harris said.

Kinser is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond, jail officials said.

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