On Wednesday night, April 20, the Columbia Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Burksville Street initially regarding a shoplifting complaint. As the first officer approached the vehicle, a male passenger opened their door and appeared to be attempting to conceal something.
Party was removed from vehicle and, in doing so, was observed trying to pass off a pipe to the vehicle operator. Contents of the pipe were consistent with crack cocaine. Male subject was placed into custody without incident.
George Smith, 57, of Campbellsville, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and tampering with physical evidence. Officers also recovered $439 of stolen merchandise.
Ofc. Justin Cross was the arresting officer. He was assisted on scene by Sgt. Drew Conn.