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Edinburgh man faces charges in drug arrest


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An Edinburgh man was arrested after police said he had methamphetamine and other drugs and then fought with officers, who eventually used a Taser on him.

Christopher Starnes, 43, was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, trafficking a legend drug into a penal facility, obstruction of justice, battery on law enforcement, battery by bodily fluid on law enforcement, possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement.

Edinburgh police received a tip that Starnes had multiple bags of methamphetamine. Police stopped the truck he was riding in near U.S. 31 and State Road 252. A police dog sniffed around the truck and identified the smell of drugs, the police report said.

Police searched the truck, Starnes and three other men who were in the vehicle and found several plastic bags containing prescription medication and methamphetamine powder that Starnes had in his pants, the report said. Starnes was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail. The other men were not arrested.

At the jail, police found more pills during a search, and Starnes tried to eat another bag of drugs, the report said. Starnes bit a corrections officer who was trying to pull the bag out of his mouth and spit on another. Officers used a Taser to get him to stop fighting, the report said.

Police took him to Johnson Memorial Hospital because he had swallowed a large amount of drugs and possibly plastic bags. He bit through suction tubes being used by a doctor and continued to fight with corrections officers, the report said.

Starnes, 202 S. Pleasant St., was being held on $96,000 bond.

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