An Indianapolis drug bust that recovered more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine earlier this week led to the arrest of two Columbus residents near Taylorsville.
The Bartholomew County and Columbus Joint Narcotics Enforcement Task Force reports that Indiana State Police recovered more than $1 million dollars worth of methamphetamine during the Indianapolis bust and found out that it was being prepared for shipment to our area.
That led officers to search a home on the 9900 block of Daniel Drive East Tuesday, where they recovered methamphetamine and cocaine.
41-year-old Laura E. Rodriguez-de La Paz, of Columbus is facing charges of Dealing and possessing methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia
33 year -old Joana G. Ramirez Castro of Columbus is being accused of visiting a common nuisance
The investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County continues. Other agencies involved in these arrests include: Indiana State Police, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Postal Service.
The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriffs Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutors Office is proactively targeting the manufacturing and abuse of dangerous drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County.