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Two men arrested on Earline Avenue for selling meth, multiple prescription pills

Two men were arrested Sunday at noon near Earline Street and charged with selling methamphetamine after failing to stop at a stop sign on Dozier Street, according to a Columbus Police Department report.

Ralph Johnson, 23, and Chad Rutledge, 27, were arrested at the intersection of 39th Street and Earline Avenue after they failed to stop at a stop sign on Dozier Street. Police found $630 worth of meth, 173 Darvocet pills valued at $4,325, 179 Zanaflex pills, 12 Naproxen pills and 12 Tramadol pills. They also found 55.5 Ultracet pills, 31 Codeine pills, 26 Klonopin pills, 8 Talacen Pills and one Hydrocodone pill.

During a 9 a.m. Recorder's Court hearing, Officer Will Basset told the court that while he was writing a citation for Johnson for failure to stop at a stop sign and broken windshield, he received a report from narcotics that Rutledge and Johnson might have drugs. After Johnson was searched, police found 1.5 grams of the meth on his person. The rest was under the front passenger seat.

A large quantity of baggies were also found in the car, all with a bulldog print.

Judge Michael Cielinski set both men's bond at $20,000. The case will be taken to Muscogee Superior Court.

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