Traffic stop leads to recovered stolen property, drug arrests

Two people were arrested on drug-related charges and stolen property was recovered after a traffic stop on Jonathan Moore Pike.

Columbus police officer Travis Harbaugh stopped a vehicle on Columbus’ west side for a traffic violation at 11:40 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Harbaugh talked with the driver, Douglas W. Houchens, 37, 8433 N. Saxton Court, and a passenger, Desi R. Buckler, 32, 10597 S. County Road 600W, Edinburgh, Harris said.

A police canine detected the odor of narcotics in the vehicle and Harbaugh determined Houchens had a suspended driver’s license, Harris said.

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While searching the vehicle, police found several syringes and drug paraphernalia with drug residue, Harris said. Officers also found identification cards that were taken during a 2016 burglary in Columbus.

Houchens and Buckler were each charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a legend drug-injection device and possession of stolen property, Harris said.

Houchens and Buckler each are being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $22,500 bond.

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