Columbus State University police arrested a 24-year-old non-student on five drug-related charges late Thursday after a bizarre altercation with an officer involving the alleged attempt to eat several marijuana joints.
According to a release, CSU Cpl. Andrew Splawn was watching the Dillingham Place parking lot, at 11 9th St., at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday when he saw Kevin Scott Lauer get into a 2007 Toyota Camry with another man.
Cpl. Splawn detected the odor of burning marijuana and then observed "the remnants of several marijuana joints in an ashtray."
Upon making contact with the men, "Lauer immediately grabbed the items and attempted to swallow them."
After an ensuing altercation, Lauer was taken into custody.
A search of the vehicle uncovered "more than three ounces of marijuana, about a quarter of an ounce of psilocybin mushrooms, a digital scale, rolling papers, plastic baggies and $517 in cash."
Additionally, police found suspected medical marijuana, labeled "Molly Rancher," and at least two suspected hallucinogenics labeled "Black Berry" and "Chernobyl."
Police also found "seven gummy candies wrapped in aluminum foil are suspected to be laced with a controlled substance."
According to the release, the suspected drugs have been sent to the GBI's lab for testing.
Lauer is charged with distribution of marijuana, trafficking of psilocybin, tampering with evidence, possession of drug-related objects and obstruction of a police officer. He is scheduled to appear in Recorder's Court on Saturday.