Traffic stop leads to man’s arrest on drug charges

Staff Reports

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

Columbus Police Department officer Ivan Shultz stopped a vehicle driven by Kevin D. Calvert, 44, of 903 Chestnut St., for a traffic violation near 10th and Pearl streets, said Lt. Matt Harris, 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. While Calvert was being taken into custody, officers found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a search of his truck, Harris said.

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

Calvert 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

He is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.