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Columbus police discovered two pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $90,000 during a traffic stop, resulting in the arrest of a Jackson County man.
Kenneth M. Reed Jr., 32, of 120 N. Ewing St., Brownstown, also had more than $30,000 in cash when his car was pulled over for a traffic violation in southeast Columbus, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.
The incident began shortly before 8 p.m. Monday when Lt. Dan Meister pulled over Reed’s Chevrolet Malibu near the intersection of State and Reo streets for running a red light, Myers said.
When Meister asked Reed for his driver’s license, Reed responded that he had left his wallet at home, Myers said. After Reed claimed he was heading east on his way home to Brownstown when he ran the red light at Second and California streets, Meister explained that was the wrong direction for traveling to western Jackson County, Myers said.
At that time, Reed seemed nervous and gave Meister a name that didn’t turn up during a computer check, so Meister believed he had probable cause to suspect criminal activity and search the driver, Myers said.
An Indiana Department of Correction identification card with Reed’s real name was found; it was issued while the Brownstown man was incarcerated at the Branchville Correctional Facility, Myers said.
In March, 2009, Reed was sentenced in Jackson Circuit Court to a four-year prison term for dealing in a look-alike drug substance and, in a separate case, an additional two years for auto theft and receiving stolen auto parts, according to court documents.
Reed, who was released from prison last May, was also convicted of dealing in cocaine or narcotics in both 2001 and 2005, according to prison records.
After obtaining a detailed description of the ex-convict from Jackson County authorities, Meister was confident his suspect was Reed, who has a suspended driver’s license, Myers said. That gave Meister and assisting Patrolman Wesley Dodge grounds to arrest Reed and search his car, Myers said.
The cash, meth, and other drugs that include marijuana and the prescription drug oxycodone were discovered in different areas of the Malibu and seized as evidence, Myers said.
Reed was arrested on charges of:
Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, Class B felony.
Possession of marijuana, Class A misdemeanor.
Driving with a suspended license, Class A misdemeanor.
False informing, Class C misdemeanor.
While roughly half of all methamphetamine confiscated in Bartholomew County is the crystal meth variety, Myers said the rock-like drug that usually is smoked in glass pipes is seldom manufactured locally. He said crystal meth is usually made in Mexico and other countries and then imported and distributed through criminal organizations.
The investigation is continuing, and due to Reed’s criminal background, more serious formal charges may be considered by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.
Due to a 48-hour hold, Reed will remain in the Bartholomew County Jail until at least Thursday morning. Once that hold expires, bond is expected to be set at $75,000 surety or $7,500 cash, according to jail spokesman Sgt. James Tindell.
What is crystal meth?
Crystal methamphetamine is a highly addictive and powerful synthetic stimulant. The odorless drug, which resembles shiny blue-white rocks or fragments of glass, is generally purer than powdered meth and has a longer-lasting effect.
While the drug is most commonly smoked in glass pipes, it can also be injected, snorted, swallowed or inserted into a body cavity.
Crystal meth tends to be used by young adults who frequent dance clubs and parties. Some people, particularly females, may take crystal meth because it can bring about rapid weight loss, even though its effects tend to be short-term.
There are also cases of people with depression who take crystal meth for its uplifting effect. Others may be attracted by the increased libido and sexual pleasure often associated with this drug.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
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