Man charged with possession of marijuana

A Columbus man who was stopped for speeding has been charged with possession of marijuana.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Robbins stopped Derek Parker, 32, at the Nashville Speedway the evening of Dec. 22. Robbins’ report said his red SUV was going 64 in a 45 mph zone.

Robbins approached the window and smelled green marijuana, the report said. When officers asked him if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Parker told him the smell was pine chips from cutting firewood.

Robbins asked him to step out of the vehicle and two other officers searched it. Nashville Police Department Patrolman Michael Williams questioned Parker about where the marijuana was and he told them about a pipe between the driver’s front seat and console. That’s where Deputy Mark Stargell found a pipe with marijuana in it, the report said.

Parker was not arrested, but issued a summons to appear in Brown Circuit Court. On Jan. 9, he was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.