Columbus pair receive multiple drug charges, police find methamphetamine, marijuana

Columbus police officers arrested a driver and passenger on multiple drug-related charges and warrants after a traffic stop.

At about 1:30 a.m. Friday, Columbus police officer Brandon Decker stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation near 10th and Wilson streets, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. While speaking with the driver, Bryan L. Miranda-Alvidrez, 23, of 1110 Grand Ave., Decker smelled a marijuana odor inside the vehicle, Harris said.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a bag containing methamphetamine on the driver’s seat, Harris said. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia also were located in the vehicle, he said.

The officers arrested Miranda-Alvidrez for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license and maintaining a common nuisance, Harris said.

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Officers also arrested passenger Brittnee B. Bryant, 25, of 1327 Ninth St., after learning she had eight local warrants for her arrest, including charges of conversion, auto theft and failure to appear on a possession of methamphetamine charge. She also was charged with possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

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

Miranda-Alvidrez had a bond set at $7,500, and was transported to the Jennings County Jail, where he posted bond and was released, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.