Three arrested on drug-related charges after traffic stop

Columbus police arrested three local residents on drug-related charges after a traffic stop near 11th and Franklin streets.

Officer Lukas Nibarger stopped the vehicle at 8:45 p.m. Monday for having only one working headlight, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Nibarger spoke with the driver, Shelby L. Bense, 21, Columbus, and passengers Lance R. Krebbs, 21, Columbus and Skye N. Bailey, 21, Columbus, Harris said. A short time later, a police canine was sent to the traffic stop and alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle.

All three of the vehicle occupants were detained and during the search, police found marijuana in Bense’s purse, Harris said. While searching Krebbs, officers found methamphetamine inside one of his pants pockets, Harris said. Officers also found marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia that belonged to Bailey, Harris said.

Skye Bailey
Skye Bailey
Shelby Bense
Shelby Bense
Lance Krebbs
Lance Krebbs

All three were arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail. While at the jail, officers found methamphetamine, heroin and prescription medication when searching Bailey, Harris said.

Bailey was arrested on preliminary charges of:

  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Trafficking with an inmate
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of a Legend Drug

Krebs was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of methamphetamine, Harris said. Bense was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of marijuana.

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

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