COLUMBIA CITY — The Indiana State Police arrested two men from New York for alleged drug possession in Columbia City.
The men were traveling in a semi-tractor trailer last week, when Indiana Trooper Justin Snyder saw the truck running a red light on U.S. 30 at the intersection with Armstrong Drive.
After initiating a traffic stop and interacting with the two brothers, Snyder noted the men were behaving oddly and the information they provided raised his suspicion. Snyder was granted consent to search the semi-tractor, and allegedly found pills which were defined by state law as a legend drug, along with suspected marijuana.
The driver, Khurshid Nuritdinov, 29, from Flushing, N.Y., allegedly exhibited behaviors consistent with that of an impaired driver. As part of Snyder’s investigation, Nuritdinov was taken to Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City for a blood draw.
Both Nuritdinov and his brother, Tabrez Nuritdinov, 32, also of Flushing, were taken into custody and preliminarily charged with the following:
• Khurshid Nuritdinov — two counts possession of a legend drug, level 6 felonies; driving while intoxicated, Class C misdemeanor.
• Tabrez Nuritdinov — two counts possession of a legend drug, level 6 felonies; possession of marijuana, Class A misdemeanor.