University Police Arrest 2 Non-Students on Drug Charges

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University police officers arrested two men on drug charges early Sunday in response to complaints about late-night illegal activity near student apartments in Uptown Columbus.

Mauritius H. Thomas, 25, of Columbus, and Melvin John Williams, 24, of Phenix City were charged with Dispensing, Distribution or Possession of a Controlled Substance and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.

University Police officers arrested the men, both non-students, at 3:15 a.m. after chasing them on foot for four blocks.

“Our guys did a great job of identifying (these suspects) and an even better job of running them down,” CSU Police Chief Rus Drew said.

University Police assigned several uniform and plainclothes officers to an area near student housing in The Rankin, the historic building owned by CSU at the corner of Broadway and 10th Street, after receiving complaints about suspected drug activity in a neighboring business.

An unspecified amount of marijuana was seized during the arrests.

“Both had outstanding arrest warrants stemming from previous drug offenses,” Drew said.

University Police will continue stepped-up patrols near CSU’s RiverPark campus for the next several weekends, he said.

About 450 CSU students live in apartments in about a half-dozen buildings owned or leased by the university in Uptown Columbus.

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