COLUMBUS, Ind. — A local man accused of selling heroin during a period when as many as seven such overdoses in Bartholomew County occurred in one weekend has pleaded guilty.

Christopher P. Rees, 23, 328 Hope Ave., could receive up to 12 years in prison when sentenced by Judge James Worton at 2:45 p.m. April 4 in Bartholomew Superior Court 1.

The case against Rees centers on two controlled drug purchases that took place early last fall, according to a probable-cause affidavit in the case.

On Sept. 26, Rees told a drug buyer to meet him near the outdoor basketball courts at Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave., investigators wrote. When the buyer arrived, the defendant called the person’s cellphone and instructed the buyer to cross the street and go to Rees’ home, the affidavit stated.

Learn more in Saturday’s edition of The Republic.

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