Two Columbus residents were arrested on drug charges Wednesday after a traffic stop. Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says that a deputy stopped a vehicle after he observed it speeding on southbound US 31 near County Road 550 North at 2:46 a.m.
While speaking with the driver, 22-year-old Ashley Shuffitt, and her passenger, 25-year-old Levi Underwood, the deputy says he detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Jackson says that a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of drugs and drug-related items. In addition, she says that additional drugs and drug-related items were found on Shuffitt after she was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.
Shuffitt is facing preliminary charges of:
Possession of Methamphetamine,
Possession of Marijuana,
Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated,
Driving while Suspended with a Prior Conviction;
Shuffitt is being held of $68,500 bond.
Authorities say that a small bag containing a white, crystal substance, consistent with the look of methamphetamine, was found in Underwood’s wallet. He was arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and is being held on $57,500 bond.