New officer-dog partners nab suspect in drug arrest

A speeding stop by police turned into a drug arrest for a Scipio man yesterday evening.

30-year-old Nathaniel S. Mullins was driving near Third and Lindsey Street at about 8:10 p.m. when he was pulled over for speeding. Police called for police dog Max and his new handler Officer Jeremy Jones to check around the vehicle. Max alerted to the smell of drugs and during a search of the vehicle, officers allegedly found methamphetamine inside a cigarette case, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.

Mullins was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Officer Jones and Max recently returned to Columbus after going through training together. Their first shift together as partners was on Sunday.