Two Columbus residents arrested on drug-related charges

Tribune Staff Reports

Two Columbus residents were arrested Tuesday on multiple drug-related charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 65 in southern Jackson County.

Gregory Scott Nasby, 53, and Theresa Marie Burns, 45, both face Level 5 felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine, Level 6 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and Class A misdemeanor charges of dealing in marijuana. Burns also faces a Level 6 felony charge of possession of a hypodermic needle.

The arrest of the two began after Senior Trooper Mark LaMaster from the Sellersburg Post’s All Crimes Policing Squad saw a white Ford pickup truck northbound near the 41-mile-marker in Uniontown with possible false or fictitious plates and also noticed they were following other vehicles too closely, according to a news release from Sgt. Carey Huls.

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Huls, the post’s public information officer, said after stopping the truck, LaMaster requested assistance from Master Trooper Nathan Abbott and K-9 Teague, who alerted troopers about drugs possibly being in the vehicle.

A search revealed about 1¼ pounds of suspected methamphetamine hidden underneath the truck, a small amount of marijuana, a syringe and more than $4,500 in cash, Huls said.

Nasby and Burns were being held without bond at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on Wednesday.

A Level 5 felony carries a sentence between one and six years if convicted.