Columbus couple arrested in major JNET meth bust

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COLUMBUS, Ind.
–A multi-year investigation into methamphetamine dealing in Columbus and south central Indiana led law enforcement officers to make two arrests in the case that, according to investigators, has ties to Mexican drug cartels. Last Friday morning, according to the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, detectives raided an address on Center Street in Columbus and arrested Lucilma Santana, 50, of Columbus. Detectives received information that Lucilma’s husband, Miguel P. Santana, 53, had supposedly fled the state and was residing in Florida. Officers from the Seymour, Indiana SWAT Team as well as the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida served search warrants simultaneously at separate locations on Friday, however Miguel Santana was not located. On Friday afternoon, an officer with the Houston, Texas Police Department stopped Miguel Santana for a minor traffic violation and later confirmed multiple felony methamphetamine dealing warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident. JNET investigators advised that both Lucilma and Miguel Santana were major players in the local drug trade and were believed to be involved in two large profile drug busts made in 2016 in Bartholomew County on South Gladstone Avenue and at the Hilltop Mobile Home Park. In the last 18 months, detectives have arrested approximately one dozen associates of the Santana team on narcotics charges. During this time, officers seized over 30 pounds of meth and over $300,000 in currency. Lucilma Santana was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of dealing methamphetamine. Her husband, Miguel, awaits extradition back to Indiana on four warrants for dealing methamphetamine.

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