Traffic stop ends in arrest of local man on gun and drug charges

A local man was arrested on drug and firearms charges after a traffic stop early Wednesday morning. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that at approximately 12:15 a.m., Officer Michael Butler stopped the vehicle after the driver disregarded a stop sign at Brooks Street and Kentucky Avenue. While speaking with the driver, 22-year-old Marcus A. Hupp, officers determined that he did not have a valid driver’s license. Hupp was placed under arrest and while searching him, officers reported finding a bag containing methamphetamine. While searching Hupp’s vehicle, officers allegedly found a loaded handgun between the driver’s seat and center console. Police determined that Hupp did not have a license to possess the weapon. Further inspection of the weapon revealed that the weapon’s serial number was removed.

Hupp was arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended, Possession of Methamphetamine, Obliterating Identifying Marks on a Handgun and Carrying of a Handgun without a License.