Two Arrested After Police Find 4 Pounds Of Marijuana, 408 Grams Of Meth, Cash, And Gun

(COLUMBUS) — A multi-agency narcotics investigation resulted in the arrest of two people on drug and gun charges in Columbus on Tuesday.

The Columbus/Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET) along with the Columbus Police Department and Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving a hotel on the west side of Columbus.

Police found four pounds of marijuana, cash and a handgun during a search of the vehicle.

Shawn Vanarsdale

Police arrested the driver, 45-year-old Shawn Vanarsdale, of Columbus, and his passenger, 42-year-old Nicole Spatola, of Columbus. Both were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail.

Nicole Spatola

Vanarsdale is facing charges of dealing meth, dealing marijuana, possession of meth and marijuana, and possession of a handgun without a permit. Spatola faces a charge of possession of meth.

Police obtained a search warrant for the hotel room that Vanarsdale checked into earlier Tuesday.

Indiana State Police troopers found 408 grams of meth and drug paraphernalia including a scale and several glass pipes.

Authorities said additional charges are possible and the investigation is ongoing.