JNET drug bust yields 1.5 pounds of meth, seven arrests

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COLUMBUS, Ind. – Investigators from the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET) along with officers the Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, United States Postal Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, served a search warrant Wednesday night at a Columbus residence at 113 South Mapleton St.

The warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into illegal narcotic sales in Columbus and Bartholomew County. During the search, officers say they recovered 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of over $30,000, along with three firearms. Investigators took six people into custody on the following preliminary charges:

David Oswaldo Cornejo, 41, of Columbus: Dealing in methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony), possession of meth (Level 3 Felony), maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6 Felony)

Fernando Lopez-Mendez 37, of Columbus: Dealing in methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony), possession of meth (Level 3 Felony), maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6 Felony)

Mirna Benitez-Paz, 42, of Columbus: Maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6 Felony)

Isabel Benitez-Paz, 38, of Columbus: Maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6 Felony)

Michell Vasqez Benitez, 19, of Columbus: Visiting a common nuisance (Class B Misdemeanor)

Rogelio Moreno Benitez, 19, of Columbus: Visiting a common nuisance (Class B Misdemeanor)

On Tuesday evening, the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle on State Street which allegedly contained one-quarter of a pound of methamphetamine. Officers arrested Frederico E. Reyes, 39, of Columbus, and charged him with possession of methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony).

All seven suspects now reside at Bartholomew County Jail. The investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County continues. Additional arrests are possible.

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