Report of suspicious car leads to arrests, recovery of drugs and stolen gun

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Christina Ramey (left) and Phillip Cochran (right)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (April 11, 2016) – Columbus police recovered drugs and a stolen gun after receiving a tip about a suspicious vehicle last week.

Around 6 p.m. Friday, Columbus police received a report about a suspicious car that had been stopped in the 3700 block of Arapahoe Drive for an unusually long period of time. The driver, identified as 38-year-old Phillip Cochran of North Vernon, tried to hide a glasses case when officers approached, police said.

Police found “wax marijuana” and an e-cigarette inside the box. Cochran was also holding a baggie containing a Suboxone strip. Officers found a syringe while searching his passenger, identified as 42-year-old Christina Ramey of Columbus. Officers also discovered a pair of firearms, one of which had been reported stolen in Brown County.

Police commended a vigilant public for alerting them about the suspicious vehicle. Both Cochran and Ramey were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.

Ramey faces a preliminary charge of possession of a legend drug injection device. Preliminary charges against Cochran include possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a legend drug, theft/receiving a stolen firearm, carrying a handgun without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia.