Traffic stop, missing license plate leads to arrest of Columbus resident on drug-related charges

A local man was arrested on drug-related charges after Columbus police stopped his vehicle for not having a license plate on a trailer.

Officers stopped the vehicle near the 600 block of Chestnut Street after noticing the missing license plate in the 600 block of Chestnut St. at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When speaking with the driver, Daniel T. Elifritz, 51, of 619 Chestnut St., officers saw a clear bag containing narcotics inside the vehicle, Harris said.

Elifritz was arrested and officers found methamphetamine and marijuana in Elifritz’ clothing, Harris said. Elifritz was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

Elifritz was released from the Bartholomew County Jail under the county’s new pre-trial diversion program allowing certain defendants to be released without posting bond, jail officials said. His bond is listed as $63,500 in jail records, jail officials said.