Columbus police arrested a man and a woman early Tuesday in Britt David Park on drug charges, reports state.
Officer Chris Greenhalgh spotted the suspects, later identified in reports as Brandy Lynn Price, 22, of Columbus, and Carlos Carrion, 23, of Smiths Station, Ala., in a parked car in the south parking lot of the park around 2:30 a.m., police said.
The officer asked the woman her name, and she said it was “Tamra Nicole.” She later said she’d given a false name because she feared there was a warrant out for her arrest, police said.
The woman didn’t have an outstanding warrant, though the officer found she had no driver’s license. Greenhalgh asked both suspects to get out of the car, and he patted them down for officer safety, reports state.
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The woman had nothing, though the officer felt a small, plastic bag in the man’s front right pocket. The man hesitated when asked about the baggie, though he said Greenhalgh could look at it, police report.
The bag appeared to be marijuana, and Greenhalgh arrested the man, reports state.
After getting permission from the woman to search the car, Greenhalgh found a loaded .380-caliber pistol under the front passenger seat, three needles and a “smoking device.” Another needle and smoking device were found elsewhere in the car and suspected marijuana was found in the woman’s purse, police said.
One of the needles had what appeared to be methamphetamine inside it, police report.
Carrion faces charges of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug related materials and in a park after hours, jail records state.
Price is charged with three counts of driving while license suspended, three counts of possession of drug related materials and one count each of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, improper lane change, possession of marijuana, false information and in a park after hours, records state.