4 arrested on charges related to dealing meth

A police search of a home west of Columbus resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and the arrest of four people, including one city resident.

The investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Korry Clark began Sunday night after he responded to assist Bartholomew County Probation Officers Benjamin Weir and Shannika Salinas with a home visit at a residence on Georgetown Road. During a check of the residence by probation officers, a plastic bag containing about 140 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine was located, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.

Clark took over the investigation and obtained a search warrant. During a search at about 8:30 p.m., drug paraphernalia was located inside of the residence in addition to the bag of crystal methamphetamine, Wheeles said.

Four occupants were arrested on preliminary drug-related charges and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail:

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  • William Money, 49, 8640 Georgetown Road, Columbus, dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, held without bond.
  • Christina Turnbloom, 27, Edinburgh, dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia, held in lieu of $200,000 bond.
  • Shara Turnbloom, 25, Edinburgh, dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance, held in lieu of $200,000 bond.
  • Nicole Dennis, 27, Edinburgh, dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance, held in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Jail officials said Money’s meth-dealing charge carries a $200,000 bond, but he is being held without bond because of a probation violation unrelated to this arrest.

The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected in connection with this case, Wheeles said.

Troopers Marty Mead and Brent Lykins, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and the Bartholomew County Probation Department assisted in the case.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.