Meth dealing results in 10-year prison sentence

A Columbus man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of dealing in methamphetamine.

David A. Swift, 27, was convicted of the Level 4 felony during a trial that concluded July 28 in Bartholomew Superior Court 1.

The sentencing last week by Judge James Worton ordered Swift to serve the final two years of his sentence on probation.

The jury concluded that Swift was guilty of selling more than a gram of methamphetamine to a police informant last October.

The purchase took place the day before Halloween in Swift’s apartment near Northside Middle School, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed last April.

But this was one of two open cases against Swift in Worton’s court.

Records show Swift was taken into custody Jan. 3 in connection with gun shots being fired outside a home near 15th Street and Beam Road.

While no one was hurt, Swift was charged less than a month later with dealing in a narcotic drug, carrying a handgun without a license, and possession of an altered gun, court records state.

He is scheduled to stand trial on those charges in early December.

During Thursday’s sentencing, Swift noted Swift’s criminal record, as well as recent probation violations. While he had been given the opportunity to get treatment for his addiction earlier, the outcome was unsuccessful, the judge stated.

Besides the prison time, Swift was also ordered to pay $250 restitution to the Columbus Police Department.

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