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Bartholomew County Police arrested 16 people during a warrant sweep for connections with methamphetamine and heroin.

The bust had been in the making for months following several narcotics investigations in an effort to crackdown on drug activity in Bartholomew County.

The following people were arrested:

  • Nicole L. Childers, 29, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • Richard D. Bunch, 53, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Kelsey E. Smith, 20, Columbus, IN: One Count of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Carrie Jo Meek, 26, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • Phillip M. Cochran, 38, North Vernon, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • Charles A. Sims, 40, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • Brian S. Suns, 30, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • James W. Sidebottom, 32, Edinburgh, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Christopher M. Bennett, 33, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Elizabeth A. Burton, 29, Edinburgh, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Joanna M. Gearhart, 31, Columbus, IN: One Count of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Steven C. Garvin, 26, Franklin, IN: One Count of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • David A. Ward, 45, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Haley M. Zapfe, 25, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Ian M. Colson, 34, Columbus, IN: One Count of Dealing Heroin
  • Jesse S. Woolsey, 23, Columbus, IN: One Count of Dealing Methamphetamine

Police are still looking for two suspects in connection with the investigation, Robert E. Leturgez Jr., 27, Columbus, and Joshua M. “Chirp” Parker, 24, Columbus. Both are wanted on charges of dealing methamphetamine.

If you have any information on their whereabouts please contact the Columbus Police Department at (812) 376-2600.