Grandview/Marble Cliff: Four men up against felony drug charges
In three separate incidents last week, Grandview Heights police officers stopped men for minor infractions and ended up arresting them on felony drug charges.
Brandon Lee Burton, 30, of Oxley Road, and Dwayne J. Sansbury, 45, of Palmer Road, were arrested and charged with possession of drugs April 12 after police stopped their vehicle at Thomas Road and Goodale Boulevard for failing to signal while turning.
When Sansbury, who was driving, appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance, the officer removed both men from the vehicle, reports said. Sansbury consented to a search of the vehicle. During the search, 0.5 grams of cocaine was recovered from the driver's cigarette pack, according to reports. Also, 1.5 grams of cocaine were found next to the passenger seat, police said.
Both men were arrested and taken to police headquarters, where they were uncooperative during questioning, reports said. Burton and Sansbury then were taken to the Franklin County jail.
Cody Maxwell Derby, 22, of Helen Street in Columbus was arrested April 9 and charged with trafficking in drugs after he was stopped by an officer who noticed he entered the crosswalk at the intersection of Grandview Avenue and Goodale Boulevard against the signal.
Derby appeared to be unsteady on his feet and stumbled backward twice after the officer stopped him, according to reports.
Since he was believed to be under the influence of an unknown substance, Derby was arrested for his own safety, police said.
Derby was searched and 24.5 grams of marijuana were recovered from a plastic shopping bag he had in his possession, reports said. The marijuana was packaged in nine separate bags, each weighing about three grams.
After being transported to the police department, reports said Derby told police he purchased the marijuana April 8 and packaged it for distribution. He was then charged with trafficking.
On April 8, police arrested Matthew T. Metzner, 26, of South Grant Avenue in Columbus and charged him with possession of drugs after they stopped his vehicle on Burr Avenue at Timberman Road for a registration violation.
Metzner allegedly acted nervous, had bloodshot eyes and told police he was prescribed Ritalin. When the officer checked his prescription bottle, he found an Adderall pill was mixed with the Ritalin, reports said. Metzner said the unauthorized pill had been given to him by another person to help him with his studying, reports said.
The Adderall was seized and Metzner was given a summons to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court and released.
In other recent Grandview Heights police reports:
* A resident of the 1100 block of Cambridge Boulevard reported April 13 a car, valued at $2,750, had been stolen overnight from the driveway. A GPS unit, a softball uniform, bats and a glove, a batting tee and miscellaneous clothing and a backpack were in the car when it was stolen. The total value of the items is estimated at $900.
* An officer was dispatched April 12 to Grandview Heights High School, 1587 W. Third Ave., on a report that the stadium control room had been broken into and the scoreboard control, valued at $1,500, was stolen. The break-in occurred between Feb. 2 and April 12, reports said.
* Officers were dispatched April 11 to the 900 block of Quay Avenue on a report of a prowler. A woman reported at about 7:10 a.m. she noticed a shadow outside her apartment window, and when she pulled the blinds, she saw a man watching her. The man was described as being white, about 5-feet, 7-inches tall, with a medium build and wearing a red polo shirt. The woman said he took off on foot toward Goodale Boulevard.
She said she had noticed a shadow outside her window about the same time April 10, but when she opened the front door, the person had left.