Traffic stop leads to 2 arrests

Columbus men receive multiple charges; paraphernalia, drugs found in vehicle

A traffic stop by Columbus police led to the arrests of two local men on several drug-related charges.

Sgt. Kyle Young saw an SUV that did not have an illuminated license plate and stopped it at 11:30 p.m. Thursday near Indiana and Gladstone avenues, said office Alyson Rech, Columbus Police Department spokeswoman.

Young spoke with the driver, Carl E. Bill, 27, of 6251 W. County Road 450S, and a passenger, Christopher J. Browning, 26, of 9688 Peach Court, Rech said. A police canine alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, officers found a syringe behind the driver’s seat, Rech said.

Both men were arrested after officers determined Bill had a suspended driver’s license, and two warrants were pending for Browning’s arrest, Rech said.

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While searching Bill, officers found a small container with a burned spoon, aluminum foil with a brown tar substance that tested positive for heroin and a hand-rolled cigarette that contained marijuana, Rech said. Officers also found a Suboxene strip in Bill’s wallet, along with a small bag containing a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, Rech said.

Bill was arrested on preliminary charges of:

  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of a legend drug-injection device
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Driving while suspended with a prior conviction

Bill is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $138,500 bond, jail officials said.

Browning was arrested on the two Bartholomew County arrest warrants. He is being held in the jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, jail officials said.