7 drug charges come after Columbus traffic stop

Matthew G. Ratliff

A Columbus police officer noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation Sunday night, leading to an arrest on seven drug related charges.

The vehicle was pulled over at about 9:35 p.m. Sunday night in the 1500 block of Union Street. Officers reported finding cocaine in the vehicle during a search and a passenger was allegedly carrying narcotics along with a digital scale, several cell phones and a large amount of cash, according to police reports.

The passenger, 37-year-old Matthew G. Ratliff was arrested on preliminary charges of:

  • Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Dealing Heroin
  • Dealing Cocaine
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Trafficking with an Inmate