Timothy Richards, 45, of Columbus, went to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department and when he handed dispatcher Julie Meyers $400, she counted it and then noticed something unusual.
“When I walked back toward the jail I noticed the money was damp and smelled funny,” Meyers said.
A jailer who sniffed the money told her it smelled like marijuana, she said.
Indiana State Trooper Chip Ayers was nearby and asked for the money, she said. He smelled it and then asked Richards for consent to search him and his car, Meyers said.
Ayers found a pipe and a small amount of marijuana and charged Richards with possession. If convicted, he could face six months to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Richards remained in jail for several hours Tuesday—until his brother-in-law made bail and came back to pay his own $250 bond.