Police arrest Columbus man on drug charges

A Columbus man is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of a $505,000 bond after being arrested on five drug-related charges.

Columbus police officers arrested Ernest L. Young, 51, 717 Maple St., about 6:30 p.m. Monday, serving an arrest warrant in the 700 block of Maple Street, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

The warrant accused Young of three counts of dealing in cocaine and one count of dealing in methamphetamine, Harris said. Jail officials said Tuesday that Young also is accused of possession of paraphernalia.

The arrest came out of an investigation by the Joint Narcotics Task Force, made up of the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s office, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and Columbus Police Department, Harris said.

Court documents show pending charges against Young in several Bartholomew County courts dating to 2013, including residential entry, receiving stolen auto parts, resisting law enforcement, possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended, possession of cocaine, battery resulting in bodily injury and domestic battery.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.