Columbus Police: Two arrested for possession of meth, intent to distribute

AKennedy@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 23, 2011 

A man and a woman were arrested at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday for possession of meth and intent to distribute, a police report indicates.

Vernon Collins Huckelba, 33, and Brittani Haas, 22, were in a 1998 Plymouth Voyager being driven by Huckelba on University Avenue. The car had suspended registration and no valid insurance.

Officers Jason Swails and Raymond Harralson had stopped the vehicle on Elm Drive and Macon Road after observing Huckelba get out of the car to let Haas drive.

One of the officers asked Haas for her driver's license, and Huckelba for his I.D. She's the owner of the vehicle. Meanwhile Huckelba was acting nervous, the officers noted. He said he didn't have a license because it'd been suspended in Alabama.

Huckelba was asked to exit the car, and officers noticed a bulge in his right rear pocket. He was asked if he had any weapons on him and he said, "I have a pistol in my pocket," the report states.

Police placed him into custody.

Upon patting him down, officers retrieved a white plastic bag containing suspected crystal meth, with a street value of $700. He also had a digital scale, a silver spoon and about 30 clear bags with red and black markings on them. He also had $388 in his front pocket.

A blue Samsung flip phone, and another in the car, were also taken into possession.

One of the officers asked Haas what her passenger's real name is, since he had no photo I.D., and she said she didn't know him; she was only giving him a ride.

Huckelba then said he and Haas had been dating a few weeks.

He was then asked if he'd ever been convicted of a felony and he said he'd once been convicted of possession of the drug Ecstasy.

A deputy at the Muscogee County Jail ran his criminal history, and discovered Huckelba was a convicted felon.

The police report states he was charged with possession with intent to distribute meth; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; possession of drug-related objects; suspended registration and no identification.

Huckelba was taken to the jail. In transport, he said he does sell drugs but that he wanted to talk to a Metro Officer to make a deal with him, so he could get out of some of the charges.

The pistol retrieved from him is a Ruger, model LCP, .38 caliber. The weapon had not been reported stolen, according to a records check.

All items, including the drugs and cell phones, were logged in as evidence.

While the officer was writing the report, the blue Samsung phone rang several times from different numbers, whose callers were seeking to buy crystal meth.

The case remains under investigation.

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