Vehicle passenger arrested on drug charges

Gregory T. Louden. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

A passenger was arrested after a traffic stop last night in Columbus.

Columbus police are reporting that they stopped the vehicle because its taillights weren’t working at about 11:45 p.m. Monday night near 25th Street and Taylor Road. Officers said the occupants were acting nervous and a man in the vehicle appeared to give a fake name.

A passenger, 38-year-old Gregory T. Louden of Columbus, turned out to be wanted on three warrants. A Columbus police dog was brought in and alerted to the smell of narcotics in the vehicle. Heroin and methamphetamine were allegedly discovered where Louden was sitting.

He was arrested on preliminary drug possession charges along with the warrants.