Monday, July 6, 2020
The Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop in the area of Orvis Grider Road and Jamestown Street early Saturday morning, July 4, before 2 a.m.
After making contact with the vehicle operator, K-9 Unit Annie was utilized and alerted on the vehicle for possible narcotics.
A search of the vehicle yielded findings of several pills, as well as 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and cash. The operator of the vehicle was subsequently taken into custody.
James Griffith, 34, of Columbia is facing numerous charges including traffic violations, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance drug unspecified, all misdemeanors, as well as possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and trafficking in a controlled substance methamphetamine 1st degree, both class C felonies.
Officer Trevor Foster was the arresting officer and was assisted on scene by Officer Kevin Atwood and Deputy Justin Cross.
K-9 Unit Annie has been provided to the Columbia Police Department by The Adair County School Board and has been utilized as a road unit during school closings and summer break.