Traffic stop leads to drug arrests in downtown Columbus

John Demerit. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Two people were arrested Monday night on drug charges after their vehicle was stopped for a minor traffic violation in downtown Columbus.

Columbus police report stopping a vehicle near 16th and Chestnut Streets at about 11:40 p.m. Monday night. A police dog alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. A search  allegedly revealed drug paraphernalia, prescription medication, along with a pill bottle containing methamphetamine.

The driver, 39-year-old John R. Demerit and his passenger, 38-year-old Carolyn Shonk Murrell, both of Columbus, were both arrested.

Carolyn Shonk Murrell. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Demerit is facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, as well as operating a vehicle without obtaining a license. Shonk Murrell is being accused of possession of a controlled substance.