Local man arrested on seven felony drug charges

Columbus police arrested a local man on seven felony drug charges after stopping the vehicle he was riding in.

Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1500 block of Union Street for a minor violation at 9:35 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, officers smelled burned marijuana, Harris said. A short time later, during a search, officers found cocaine inside the vehicle.

Officers also located narcotics inside the clothing of Matthew G. Ratliff, 37, of 5162 N. Lincoln Village Drive, who was a passenger in the vehicle, Harris said.

Ratliff also had drug paraphernalia including a digital scale, multiple cell phones and a large amount of currency, Harris said.

Ratliff was arrested on preliminary felony charges of:

  • Dealing in heroin
  • Dealing in methamphetamine
  • Dealing in cocaine
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of cocaine
  • Trafficking with an inmate

Ratliff was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $627,500 bond, jail officials said.

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