Two wanted residents arrested on drug charges

Columbus police arrested two people in a house in the 900 block of Lafayette Avenue, including one hiding between a kitchen wall and refrigerator, while serving arrest warrants.

About 4:20 p.m. Thursday, Columbus Police Officer Wesley Dodge went to the apartment on Lafayette Avenue to serve a warrant, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers spoke with Shawna M. Gibson, 27, 4953 Vance St., at the front door of the apartment and confirmed a warrant for her arrest, Harris said. Officers later found two syringes in Gibson’s purse, Harris said.

Officers were given permission to enter the residence and saw Jacob A. Burch, 25, 1443 Franklin St., attempting to hide next to the refrigerator, Harris said. After Burch was arrested, officers found methamphetamine and muscle relaxers in Burch’s pocket, Harris said.

Burch was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug smoking device, possession of a legend drug and a Bartholomew County warrant, Harris said. He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond, jail officials said.

Gibson was arrested on a charge of possession of a legend drug injection device and a Jackson County arrest warrant, and is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond, jail officials said.

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