2 men accused of having almost $500 worth of pot

Two men arrested earlier this week on a marijuana distribution charge appeared in Columbus Recorder’s Court, where one of them said the drug was for personal use only.

Samario Pearson and Robert Woodring, both 23, each face a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Arrested early Monday outside a Main Street apartment complex, both men appeared Tuesday in Recorder’s Court.

Pearson already had made bond, though Woodring was still in custody. Woodring pleaded not guilty to the charge and was ordered held on $5,000 in bond.

According to police, an officer was patrolling Greystone at Main Street about 12:10 a.m. Monday when he spotted Pearson and Woodring in a parked vehicle. The officer knocked on the car to ask the men why there were in the area.

Police say the officer then noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car. The officer asked Woodring if any drugs were inside the vehicle, and Woodring said he’d smoked some earlier.

According to court testimony, police then searched the car and found $480 worth of marijuana.

At the time, both men denied knowing any drugs were in the car. On Tuesday, Pearson said the marijuana was for personal use only.

Woodring then denied knowing anything about the pot.

Both cases now proceed to Muscogee County Superior Court.