An Indianapolis man who is wanted on two Johnson County warrants is in custody after a Columbus police officer discovered a loaded gun and drugs during a routine traffic stop early Tuesday morning.


At about 1:41 a.m., a Columbus Police officer patrolling the area of 10th Street and McClure Road observed a truck commit a traffic violation. The officer initiated a traffic stop near 10th Street and Schnier Drive.

Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the driver, 47-year-old Erik Hall, the officer noticed a glass smoking pipe with white residue, which tested positive for methamphetamine, in plain sight within the truck. Hall was taken into custody without incident.

A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm, a foil packet containing fentanyl, and a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers also located more smoking pipes and drug packaging materials inside the truck bed.

Hall was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was held without bond on the following preliminary charges:

  • Possession of methamphetamine with a firearm
  • Possession of a narcotic drug with a firearm
  • Unlawful carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Driving while suspended-prior
  • Two (2) Johnson County warrants