Woman in gas station lot arrested for drug possession

A Columbus woman was arrested on drug charges in Brown County Sept. 26 after police responded to a report of a vehicle parked for a long time in a gas station parking lot.

The driver, Tracy S. Wright, 53, began to leave the lot shortly after Nashville Police Officer Michael Williams pulled in. He initiated a traffic stop.

Williams reported smelling marijuana in the vehicle. He found a bag of marijuana in the center console and two rolled marijuana cigars in the ashtray weighing about 8.5 grams, the affidavit states.

In a purse on the passenger seat, Williams also found a glass pipe with what he believed to be methamphetamine residue in it, a baggie containing about 0.4 grams of what he believed to be methamphetamine, and another pipe with burnt marijuana residue inside.

Williams also reported finding a counterfeit California ID card, and a pink wallet on the passenger seat that Wright said was hers. Inside, Williams found money and a blank check belonging to someone else.

Wright said the vehicle belonged to the man pictured on the California ID card, that she had given him a ride to Brown County to retrieve another vehicle, and that everything in the vehicle belonged to him. She said another man had given her the blank check.

She was arrested and taken to the Brown County jail.

Police made contact with the man Wright said gave her the blank check. He said Wright had stayed with him, but that he had not given her any blank checks.

Wright was charged Sept. 29 with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; conversion, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.