Sheriff’s deputies arrest man on drug-related charges

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man in the area of the Lowell Bridge fishing site after finding he had methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Deputy Andrew Dougan and reserve deputy Michael Barnes were patrolling at about 8:32 p.m. Monday near the fishing site northwest of Columbus when they saw a red Ford truck without lights.

They contacted the driver, Raymond J. Monteleone, 55, 4480 S. County Road 550W, and found a clear glass pipe and two corner-cut bags, one containing a white crystal substance, deputies said.

Monteleone told deputies he had been smoking methamphetamine before the deputies arrived, the sheriff’s department reported.

The deputies took Monteleone to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked. He was later to the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, deputies said.

He has since been released from the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.