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 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.
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.
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.