Court: Police find marijuana in suspect's house after attempted escape

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 22, 2014 

After a man ordered his girlfriend to throw out his marijuana in his car, police said they found more drugs Tuesday when they searched his residence, according to testimony in Columbus Recorder's Court.

During a Wednesday Recorder's Court hearing, 31-year-old Christopher Williams faced charges of possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, abandoning a controlled substance, possession of drug related objects, simple battery and reckless conduct. He was also charged with fleeing to elude, no proof of insurance, driving with a license suspended, no tag light and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Ambyr Smith, 33, was charged with possession intent to distribute, possession of drug related objects, reckless conduct and abandoning controlled substances. All of the charges except for reckless conduct were later dropped.

Officers initially tried to stop Williams near the intersection of Luna Drive and Mill Branch at about 1:30 a.m., because the vehicle he was driving allegedly had a broken tag light. When police tried to approach him about the light, he allegedly sped off.

The two drove less than a mile before stopping in front of a residence on the 6000 block of Dupree Drive.

During the drive, Smith allegedly tossed about 12.1 grams of marijuana and a shotgun out of the car at Williams' behest. When police later asked Smith about the shotgun, she told investigators that Williams bought the gun off the street during the past month.

After taking Smith and Williams into custody, police searched their residence for additional contraband. Officers allegedly found about three grams of marijuana and a digital scale in Williams' room.

The marijuana was valued at $150.

During Wednesday's hearing, Williams took possession of the drugs and drug related objects. Smith's drug related charges were dropped.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Williams' bond at $16,500. Smith's was set at $1,000.

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