A Columbus woman arrested on methamphetamine charges last week claimed Saturday she knew nothing about a pistol police found in her hotel room.

Authorities charged Courtney Waters, 34, with two additional counts after finding the handgun in her suitcase at the Hyatt Place on North Lake Parkway.

“It’s taken me completely by surprise,” Waters told a Recorder’s Court judge during a preliminary hearing, asking investigators to check the weapon for fingerprints.

Waters and John Hodge, 30, of Columbus, were jailed Wednesday on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug-related objects.

Waters pleaded not guilty Saturday to two additional weapons charges stemming from the search of her hotel room.

Sgt. Bill Gasaway of the Columbus Police Department said Waters, a convicted felon, had been wanted for a probation violation.

Authorities searched the vehicle Waters and Hodge were traveling in Wednesday and allegedly found about 9.6 grams of methamphetamine. Officials later found about six more grams in the room registered to Waters.

Hodge posted bonds of about $6,000 and was released from the Muscogee County Jail. Waters was being held Saturday without bond.

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