Passenger facing drug charges after Wednesday traffic stop

Michael D. Riedeman. Photo courtesy of Columbus police

A passenger is facing drug charges after police stopped a truck in Columbus Wednesday night.

Columbus police say that they stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation in the 800 block of Chestnut Street shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday night. A Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department police dog alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle and during a search of the truck, officers found heroin, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. That was in the back seat, where passenger 42-year-old Michael D. Riedeman of Columbus was sitting.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of possessing heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a syringe.