2 Hope residents arrested on drug-related charges

Columbus police arrested two Hope residents on drug-related charges after a traffic stop.

At about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Columbus Police Officer Ivan Shultz saw a truck with a heavily damaged license plate and stopped it at Marr Road and Jolinda Drive, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

He identified the driver as Madeline C. McNicholas, 32, 18014 E. County Road 500N, Hope, and her passenger, Carl R. McNicholas, 33, 129 Jackson St., Hope, Harris said.

During the traffic stop, Shultz asked for a police canine to check the vehicle, and the dog alerted police to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle, Harris said.

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Officers located methamphetamine, suboxone strips and a digital scale containing methamphetamine residue, Harris said.

Madeline C. McNicholas was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Carl McNicholas was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

Madeline McNicholas was released from jail after posting $7,500 bond, jail officials said. Carl McNicholas is being held in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, jail officials 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.