Edinburgh man pleads guilty to dealing in methamphetamine

An Edinburgh resident who was part of what investigators considered one of the highest profile local narcotics investigations of 2015 has accepted a plea bargain in Bartholomew Circuit Court.

Originally charged with two Class A felonies, Jose Rodrigo Dominguez-Cruz, 31, of 3126 Alan Drive, plead guilty Monday to one count of dealing in methamphetamine as a Class B felony.

The defendant, a citizen of Mexico, could receive six to 20 years imprisonment and be ordered to pay up to $10,000 in fines when sentenced July 28 at 10 a.m. by Judge Stephen Heimann.

Dominguez-Cruz, who was accused of twice selling methamphetamine for an informant in early 2014, was the last of four men taken into custody Dec. 18.

Their apprehension was the result of a lengthy investigation into the sale of cocaine and methamphetamine by the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s office.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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