Suspect pulled over for faulty tag, officer finds about $500 worth of pot

An early morning traffic stop led to a Columbus police officer finding about $500 worth of suspected marijuana, reports state.

Officer Jason Swails spotted a gold 2000 Cadillac Deville headed south on 10th Avenue around 2 a.m. this morning. He saw that the tag lacked its reflective dealer’s strip, and when it turned right onto Linwood Boulevard, he stopped it.

When Swails approached the car, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana. He then asked the driver if he had any pot, reports state.

The suspect said he had some marijuana in his left pants pocket, police said. Swails then put the suspect into custody and found almost 2 ounces of suspected marijuana, worth $490, reports state.

The officer also found two other bags of suspected drugs, worth about $41, police report.

Clear bags and a silver weighing scale also were found in the vehicle, reports show.

The suspect, identified by police as Jerald Johnson, 25, faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug related objects, records state.