Traffic stop leads to two drug arrests

Kyle Hunter; photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop led to the arrests of two Columbus residents. At about 4 p.m., a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle in the 3100 block of Washington Street in Columbus.

Police arrested the driver, 35-year-old Kyle Alexander Hunter on preliminary charges of Dealing Heroin, Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Operating a Motor Vehicle without Receiving a Driver’s License. Hunter remains in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of a $605,000 bond.

Authorities arrested a passenger, 34-year-old Kristen Hunter, on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Visiting a Common Nuisance. She has since been released.

“We continue to be more aggressive with traffic enforcement. When deputies are not responding to calls for service, they continually work traffic enforcement,” said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers.

Kristen Hunter; photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

“Routine traffic stops that lead to drug-related arrests are more common and deputies are recovering more drug-related items and paraphernalia, keeping more and more drugs off our streets. Traffic stops often serve as the first step to a larger investigation and this was certainly the case with these arrests,” added Sheriff Myers.