A Columbus man was arrested on multiple drug trafficking charges Friday evening in Washington C.H. after suspected heroin and crack cocaine were allegedly found inside his vehicle.
At 5:21 p.m. Friday, a driver identified as Neathen McClendon, 29, was found to be parked in the Thompson’s Depot parking lot at 212 E. Elm St. A Fayette County Sheriff’s Office detective with assistance from a Washington C.H. Police Department officer went to the parking lot to serve McClendon with an outstanding arrest warrant for falsification.
As officers asked McClendon to get out of his vehicle, he reportedly became argumentative. Authorities said McClendon attempted to hide items between the seat and the door frame.
Once McClendon finally agreed to get out of the vehicle, a plastic bag with suspected heroin and crack cocaine, as well as a plastic bag with suspected marijuana, were in plain view, according to authorities.
The items were retrieved and McClendon was taken into custody without further incident. A digital scale, multiple cell phones, and a small amount of cash were found inside the vehicle.
McClendon was charged with second-degree felony trafficking in heroin, fourth-degree felony trafficking in cocaine, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and the falsification charge. He is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $72,000 bond.
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