Jail visit longer than expected

A Columbus woman visiting her boyfriend at the Bartholomew County Jail wound up staying longer than she expected.

Leslie Harden, 36, of 1502 Lafayette Ave., was arrested during her Monday jail visit on a Bartholomew Circuit Court warrant that charges her with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine.

The arrest was the result of a six-month-long investigation conducted by the Joint Anti-Drug Task Force, according to a news release from the Columbus Police Department.

The warrant seeking Harden’s arrest was the result of a probable-cause affidavit filed March 4 by Columbus Police Detective Jeremy Coomes.

In the document, Coomes stated a confidential police informant bought methamphetamine from Harden twice at her home, located two blocks south of Donner Park, on Oct. 2.

The informant purchased 0.78 grams of the narcotic in exchange for $100 in cash, Coomes wrote.

An almost identical drug deal involving 0.61 grams of meth and the same informant took place later that night, the affidavit stated.

If convicted of the two Level 5 felonies filed against her, Harden could be sentenced to between two and 12 years in prison, as well as ordered to pay fines of up to $20,000.

As of Tuesday, Harden remained in jail in lieu of $100,000 surety or $10,000 cash bond.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.