Traffic stop leads to arrest of local resident

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

Officer Brandon Decker stopped a vehicle after he noticed the taillights were not working at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, said Officer Alyson Rech, Columbus Police Department spokeswoman.

After Decker stopped the car near Indiana Avenue and Mapleton Street, he noticed the driver, Julian White, 25, Columbus, was moving his hands and appeared to be concealing something in his lap, Rech said.

When White got out of the vehicle, Decker saw four blue pills in the driver’s seat, along with several pill bottles that did not belong to White, Rech said.

Officer Branch Schrader had K-9 Argo check the vehicle and the dog alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle, Rech said. A search of the vehicle turned up a burned spoon that contained methamphetamine and two syringes that were inside an eyeglass case that were in a compartment underneath the radio, Rech said.

Officers also found several pills inside the vehicle that were not prescribed to White, Rech said.

White was arrested on charges of possession of a legend drug, possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug injection device and maintaining a common nuisance, police said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.