Investigation of Lafayette Avenue home leads to four arrests

Four people have been arrested after an investigation led to a SWAT team raid of a Lafayette Avenue home in Columbus.

According to the Columbus Police Department, the investigation started after police received tips and complaints about narcotics-related activity at the home. The investigation involved both the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Columbus Police Department Intelligence Led policing unit, along with patrol officers from the police and county sheriff’s departments.

Following a traffic stop near the home Monday night, police arrested 52-year-old Shelby E. Mitchner of Columbus for possession of methamphetamine.

That led to a search warrant being served at the home by the Columbus and Bartholomew County SWAT team. But as officers prepared for the search, they stopped another vehicle leaving the home and arrested 40-year-old Kimberly D. Callahan of Columbus on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

During the search of the home early Tuesday morning, officers discovered methamphetamine in the kitchen, living room, and two of the bedrooms along with fentanyl found in one of the bedrooms. The also drug paraphernalia throughout the home.

During the raid, police arrested 69-year-old Larry G. Bergeron, and 52-year-old Vanessa E. Cowan, both of Columbus, on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Bergeron is also accused of maintaining a common nuisance while Cowan is facing a charge of visiting a common nuisance.