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Pataskala police make drug-related arrests

Pataskala police recently arrested two people for drug abuse and made sure a third person who admitted to carrying drug paraphernalia got home safely.

Police arrested a 40-year-old man for drug abuse after a routine traffic stop at 12:15 a.m. March 24 on Taylor Road at Barry Knoll Drive.

When the suspect reached into the glove box, the police officer noticed a box with a pipe in it and conducted a search of the vehicle, according to police reports. The officer found a bag of marijuana in the vehicle.

Police also arrested a 32-year-old woman for drug abuse at 1:01 a.m. March 23 at Broad Street west of Taylor Road.

The third person, a 25-year-old man, was reported walking on Jefferson Parkway at Broad Street at 5:05 a.m. March 25.

When police stopped to talk to him, he admitted he was carrying a drug pipe in his pocket.

The man surrendered the pipe to police, who took him home. He was not charged with a crime.

Pataskala police also are investigating a two-count felony break-in that occurred between 7 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. March 24 at a building in the 6000 block of Mink Street.

Police said a .22-caliber rifle, a pistol and some coins were taken from the building. No value for the items was provided.

Pataskala Police Chief Bruce Brooks said if police solve the crime and make an arrest, the suspect would be charged with two felonies because of the items that were stolen and because the items were taken from a business or unoccupied building.

If the items were taken from an occupied residence, the crime would carry only one felony charge, he said.