Six arrested on drug-related charges tied to Columbus home

Christopher D. Battin. Photos courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Local authorities arrested six people Monday on drug-related charges tied to a Columbus home.

The Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team raided the detached garage of a home in the 2100 block of Caldwell Place Monday evening. They discovered methamphetamine, heroin, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and narcotics packaging material. 33-year-old Christopher D. Battin, who lives at the home, was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in cocaine or a  narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine, a controlled substance, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as maintaining a common nuisance.

Others arrested during drug-related traffic stops tied to the investigation include 32-year-old Elizabeth A. Burton, 29-year-old Jonathan P. Blair and 57-year-old Victor N. Burton, all of Columbus; 32-year-old Christopher L. Tays of Franklin, and 31-year-old Ryan S. Hollman, of Hope.

  • Elizabeth A. Burton

    Elizabeth A. Burton was arrested after the Columbus Police Department’s Intelligence Led Policing Unit stopped her vehicle near 7th Street and Central Avenue. Methamphetamine and a controlled substance were found in the vehicle and she is facing drug possession charges.

  • Christopher Tays

    Tays was arrested after a traffic stop near 17th Street and Gladstone Avenue. He was wanted on two local warrants and one from another county. A Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department police dog alerted to the smell of drugs in this vehicle and officers report finding marijuana and a suboxone strip. He is facing new drug possession charges in addition to the warrant.

  • Jonathan P. Blair

    Shortly after Tays arrest, officers stopped a vehicle being driven by Blair. A police dog alerted to drugs inside and a search recovered nearly 30 grams of methamphetamine.  Blair was arrested on charges of possessing the methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.

  • Hollman and Burton were passengers in Blair’s vehicle. They are facing charges of dealing and possessing methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.


Ryan S. Hollman
Victor N. Burton