Local man busted on multiple drug charges

Matthew G. Ratliff

COLUMBUS, Ind. – A Bartholomew County man, who was reportedly switching price tags on merchandise at a Columbus department store, ended up being arrested on several drug-related charges on Friday evening. Public relations officer Matt Harris with the Columbus Police Department says that shortly after 7:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the eastside Walmart, at 735 Whitfield Drive, in regards to an individual who was acting suspiciously inside the store.

Law enforcement located the suspect and later identified him as Matthew G. Ratliff, 37, of Columbus. It was discovered that he had a local warrant for his arrest. Ratliff was taken into custody and when police searched his clothing they allegedly found methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and three other controlled substances inside his jacket.

Ratliff was remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on the preliminary charges of possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and the previous Bartholomew County warrant.

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