2 arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

Columbus police arrested two local residents on charges of drug possession during a traffic stop near Indiana Avenue and Dahn Street.

At about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Luke Nibarger spoke with the driver who appeared to be very nervous and gave police a false name, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The driver was later identified as Whitney A. Bunting, 28, 100 N. Hughes St., Columbus, Harris said. After police confirmed a warrant out for her arrest, she was taken into custody, Harris said.

Officer Branch Schrader went to the scene and K-9 Argo detected an odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle, Harris said.

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Officers requested that the passenger, Layne M. Schwartz, 24, 3475 Carr Hill Road, Columbus, step out of the vehicle. While searching Schwartz, officers found a bag containing multiple syringes and drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

When searching the vehicle, officers found a small amount of heroin behind the driver’s seat, Harris said. They also located multiple syringes, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside a box inside the vehicle, Harris said.

Bunting was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of a legend drug injection device, possession of methamphetamine, false informing and a warrant, Harris said. Bunting is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $27,000 bond, jail officials said.

Schwartz was arrested on charges of possession of heroin and possession of a legend drug injection device, and was released from jail after posting $15,000 bond, jail officials said.