Grove City police charged a Columbus man Feb. 21 with felony counts of drug trafficking and possession of drugs after investigating a report that a man was selling heroin from a room in a motel in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road.
The information was received Feb. 19 and officers in Grove City's special-operations bureau set up a surveillance of the motel room Feb. 20. They identified an occupant of the motel room and when he left the motel in a car, officers followed.
The man went to a restaurant parking lot on Broadway where he met a driver of another vehicle and what appeared to be a drug sale took place, according to reports.
Officers also observed the man conducting suspected drug sales in the Columbus area.
The surveillance at the Grove City motel continued on Feb. 21.
Officers observed the man and a woman leave the motel and began following their car. Police made a traffic stop when the man failed to signal while making a left turn onto Interstate 71 northbound from Stringtown Road.
The department's K-9 was called to the scene and indicated the presence of drugs in the car, reports stated. Officers searched the vehicle and found several bags containing substances and a loaded gun in the center console.
A search warrant was executed for the motel room and police found the same type of bags as those found in the car, two firearms and two boxes of ammunition, reports stated.
The man was arrested on the drug charges and taken to the Franklin County jail. The female passenger in the car was released at the scene.
In other Grove City police reports:
* A resident in the 4200 block of Moore Avenue told police Feb. 22 she was the victim of a scam involving her computer.
The woman said she received a call on Feb. 21 from an unknown number. She called the number back and spoke with a man who identified himself and told her she had issues with her computer that he could fix, but he would need to log onto her computer to fix the problems.
The victim said she followed the man's instructions and he told her that while in control of her computer, he had accidentally given her $2,000, according to reports. He said she would need to pay him back with gift cards.
The woman said she bought two gift cards totaling $2,000 in value and gave the man the numbers from the cards.
She said she realized Feb. 22 it was a scam and when she checked, she found the gift card accounts already had been emptied.
While the victim was talking to police, the suspect called her cellphone. He said he was working for two companies out of New York City but refused to give the woman an address before hanging up.
* A London, Ohio, man reported his vehicle was broken into Feb. 21 while it was parked in the 3200 block of Southwest Boulevard. A pistol and a box of tools were stolen. Total loss was $850, reports stated.
* A Columbus man said his car was broken into Feb. 25 while he was at a business in the 3600 block of Gantz Road. A cellphone, book bag, clothing and tools were stolen. Total loss was $550, according to reports.