Traffic stop leads to local man’s arrest on drug-related charges

A local man was arrested on drug-related charges after a Columbus police officer stopped him for a minor traffic violation.

Columbus Police Officer Ivan Shultz stopped a vehicle driven by Kevin Calvert, 44, Columbus, for a minor traffic violation near 10th and Pearl streets, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Calvert appeared to have difficulty staying awake while Shultz was talking to him, Harris said. Shultz confirmed two warrants for Calvert’s arrest and while he was being taken into custody, officers found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a search of Calvert’s truck, Harris said.

Calvert was taken to the Columbus Police Department where he went through field sobriety tests and later was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw, Harris said.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of:

  • Decatur County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of possession of methamphetamine
  • Bartholomew County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of conversion
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Operating a vehicle under the influence

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