- Special Sections
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Acting on a tip, Columbia City police raided a local hotel last Friday and arrested three 18-year-old men and two juveniles for alcohol and drug-related offenses.
The tipster told police there was underage drinking and drug use at a Columbia City hotel.
Officer Ken Smith and Narcotics Sgt. Robert Stevenson arrived at the hotel at about 7:45 p.m. and discovered about 12 people in a pair of hotel rooms.
The officers arrested Thomas McKnight, 18 of Columbia City, Derik Jon Runyon, 18 of Columbia City and Coyan Tyberius Frederick, 18, also of Columbia City.
The three were booked in Whitley County Jail on charges of minor in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana. The two juvenile males were also charged with the same offenses.
According to police, two cases of beer, along with tequila, marijuana, Mucinex pills and paraphernalia were confiscated.