Six arrested in Columbus drug sweep

Columbus, IN — Six people were arrested Friday morning after a lengthy investigation that focused on narcotics dealing in Columbus. Shortly after 8:30 a.m., officers from the CPD SWAT Team, which is comprised of officers from the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Fairview Drive in Columbus. A follow-up investigation was conducted at a Columbus auto repair garage located in the 500 block of S. Cherry Street. That garage was subsequently closed down by Columbus Code Enforcement.

The arrests made were the result of a continuation of the Operation Columbus Day investigation involving illegal drugs and firearms.

During the warrant service, officers located methamphetamine, marijuana, four firearms, and a stolen Chevrolet Corvette.

The following persons were arrested on the preliminary charges listed below:
Jeremy W. Sweet, 38, of Columbus: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Handgun
by a Serious Violent Felon.
Alexus M. Bush, 21, of Columbus: Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana.
Amanda J Cea, 41, of Columbus: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana,
Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Eriberto Sanchez Hernandez, 33, of Columbus: Warrant (Dealing Methamphetamine),
Resisting Law Enforcement.
Alex De Arcia, 33, of Columbus: Three Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine, Two Warrants
(False Informing and Operating a Vehicle Without Ever Obtaining a License).
Nicholas J. Miller, 21, of Columbus: Visiting a Common Nuisance.

Columbus Chief of Police, Michael Richardson stated; “These arrests spotlight the continued hard work that is put in by our officers and detectives.” “Getting illegal drugs and firearms off
of our streets will continue to be a priority for our police department.” “If you suspect drug activity is occurring in your neighborhood, you can submit tips and information anonymously,”
Richardson added.

“I want to give special recognition to those officers with “boots on the ground” who day in and day out are working to keep illegal drugs off our streets”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff
Matthew A. Myers. “I said during the March 31st news conference that more arrests were forthcoming and even after being forewarned, these people haven’t stopped. “If you deal or
abuse illegal drugs in Bartholomew County, you will be arrested”, added Sheriff Myers.

The Columbus Fire Department and Columbus Code Enforcement also assisted with this investigation.

The investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County continues and additional charges are possible in this ongoing investigation.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office are proactively targeting the manufacturing and abuse of dangerous drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County. All suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

(Columbus Police Department press release)