State Police arrest two Columbus residents after traffic stop

Jermaine Ford; photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

Two Columbus residents were arrested Tuesday night on numerous charges following a traffic stop in rural Bartholomew County.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the Indiana State Police Post in Versailles, says that the investigation began at approximately 9 p.m. when members of the ISP All Crimes Policing Unit stopped a vehicle on Jonesville Road near Southern Crossing for a traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop, troopers became suspicious of criminal activity taking place. Columbus Police Officer Jeremy Jones and his K-9 responded to the scene. Officer Jones’ K-9 was alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.

Wheeles says that a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen handgun. The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old Jermaine Ford, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Handgun by a Serious Violent Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Theft.

Tkieya Weaver; photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

His passenger, 26-year-old Tkieya Weaver, was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Wheeles says that Weaver was then charged with Resisting Law Enforcement after she allegedly resisted arrest.