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Two traffic stops early Friday led to the arrest of two Columbus residents on charges of felony drug possession.

Stephen A. Swartzentruber, 25, 1563 Bridle Way, was arrested about 1:25 a.m. after Sgt. Kris Weisner saw a sport utility vehicle driving erratically north on U.S. 31, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Weisner stop­ped Swartzentruber at U.S. 31 and County Road 650N and saw the remnants of a marijuana cigarette in the vehicle’s ashtray and behaviors that made him suspect Swartzentruber was under the influence of drugs, Noblitt said.

Police found one-tenth of a gram of heroin, three-tenths of a gram of meth, seven strips of LSD, five tablets of Vyvanse, four tablets of Klonopin and 20 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, Noblitt said.

Swartzentruber was arrested on the following charges:

Possession of heroin, a Class D felony.

Possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony.

Possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, a Class D felony.

Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, a Class D felony.

Possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, a Class D felony.

Possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.

Possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, a Class A misdemeanor.

A Class D felony is punishable by six months to three years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine; a Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine, according to state statutes.

Swartzentruber is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on $45,000 bond.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will decide what charges to file.

About 3 a.m., Deputy Matt Bush saw a vehicle with an improperly registered license plate speeding northbound on U.S. 31, Noblitt said.

Bush stopped the vehicle at U.S. 31 and Shady Lane. Deputy Jessica Pendleton, a K-9 officer, and her police dog Bolt assisted, Noblitt said.

The deputies observed behavior that they believed was an attempt to conceal illegal activity, Noblitt said. Pendleton instructed Bolt to search the vehicle, and the dog found more than eight grams of methamphetamine, Noblitt said.

The driver, Amy Olson, 26, 31 S. Beatty St., was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

A Class C felony is punishable by two to eight years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine, according to state statutes.

Olson is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on $15,000 bond.

The prosecutor will decide what charges to file.

The passenger was not arrested, Noblitt said.

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