George Smith of Campbellsville was arrested on drug charges in Columbia Wednesday night after he was pulled over by police.
Officers from the Columbia Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Burkesville Street regarding a possible shoplifting incident. When officers approached the vehicle, the passenger door opened, and a male subject appeared to be concealing something.
The passenger was removed from the vehicle and was observed trying to pass off a pipe to the vehicle operator. The contents in the pipe were consistent with crack cocaine.
Smith, 57, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, shoplifting; possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; and tampering with physical evidence. Officers also recovered $439 of stolen merchandise.
Officer Justin Cross was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on the scene by Sgt. Drew Conn.