Driver arrested on meth-possession charge

Columbus police making a traffic stop arrested a local man on drug-related charges.

Columbus Police officer Danielle Stigers stopped a vehicle in the 2500 block of McKinley Avenue about 7:05 p.m. Tuesday after the driver failed to signal a turn when entering a parking lot, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When officer Jeremy Jones was checking the driving status for Todd M. Penrose, 38, 2230 Sims Court, he said K9 partner Max alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle, Harris said.

Officers found methamphetamine inside the vehicle as well as in a syringe in Penrose’s pocket along with additional methamphetamine in his clothing and wallet, Harris said.

Penrose was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail after his arrest on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a legend drug-injection device, Harris said. Penrose is being held in lieu of $65,000 bond, jail officials said.

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