A 32-year-old man pleaded not guilty to drug charges in Columbus Recorder’s Court a day after police allegedly found $1,500 worth of methamphetamine in his vehicle early Tuesday during a traffic stop.
Matthew Ryan McCall faces one count each of possession of meth, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of Schedule IV drugs and possession of drug-related objects. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $35,325.
Judge Michael Joyner bound the case over to Superior Court.
Cpl. MacKenzie Hollenback said he and Officer Brittany Canfield initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of 33rd Street and 12th Avenue around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday after they spotted McCall driving a silver 2002 Lexus with no tag light.
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Hollenback said they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle during the stop. The defendant, who was the only person in the vehicle, consented to a voluntary search, according to police.
In the Lexus, authorities said they located 15 grams of meth (street value of $1,500), nine alprazolam pills (street value of $250), 10 dextroamphetamine pills (street value of $250), 32.6 grams of marijuana (street value of $360), one scale and two smoking devices.
Represented by Columbus Public Defender Charles Lykins, McCall didn’t testify in court.