PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg man is in jail today following a traffic stop which led to a drug bust.

According to a release from the Pittsburg Police Department, at just before midnight Tuesday, an officer attempted to stop a black Ford pickup for a traffic violation at the approximately the intersection of 18th and Grand Streets in Pittsburg.

The vehicle quickly accelerated away from the officer for a few blocks, the release said, where it then made an abrupt stop at 18th and Michigan Streets. Two passengers, a male and female, quickly exited the truck and ran eastbound from the location. They have not yet been located. The male driver and a 24 year old female passenger stayed in the vehicle.

The officer approached the vehicle and detected a strong odor of Marijuana emanating from within the vehicle.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of the driver, Christopher D. Forkner, age 41. He was transported to the Crawford County Jail and booked in on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance (Xanax bars), felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, lack of a required ignition interlock device, failure to signal and no insurance.

Forkner is being held on $7,500 bond.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at the tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.