Six arrested on drug-related charges after search warrant served in Columbus

Local state, county and city police arrested six people after serving a search warrant at a Columbus residence where they found heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.

The investigation began when a citizen contacted the Indiana State Police Versailles post and provided information about drug activity at a residence at 3113 13th St., police said.

On Thursday, Indiana State Police Versailles District All Crimes Policing Unit, the Columbus Police COPS Unit, and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department and the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team were preparing to serve the search warrant when information was provided that one of the suspects was preparing to leave the residence, police said.

Police stopped James Franklin Wood II, 34, 6841 E Base Road, as he was leaving in a vehicle, police said. A felony stop was conducted near Gladstone and McKinley Avenue where Wood was taken into custody as well as a passenger in the vehicle, Christopher Tays, 29, Franklin, police said.

When Wood was arrested, police found he had about 13 grams of heroin, three grams of methamphetamine, syringes, drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun, police said. Tays had heroin in his possession, police said.

After being transported to the Bartholomew County Jail, jail correction’s officers located additional illegal items concealed on Tays, including a syringe, paraphernalia and suspected heroin, police said.

Officers then served the search warrant on the 13th Street address, where they found numerous types of unknown powder substances, police said. Due to the risk and potential of fentanyl being present and the amount of unknown substances, officers secured the scene until the Indiana State Police could bring lab technicians to the scene.

The lab technicians, wearing hazmat chemical protection, processed the scene, police said.

To prevent potential contamination of officers, Trunarc, newly purchased equipment by the sheriff’s department, was used to test substances found in the residence.

This new equipment, using laser spectrometry, minimizes physical contact with hazardous materials and allows officers to field test substances without physically touching the substance.

Timothy Dunham, 51, 8161 E Rockwood St., was located in a vehicle parked in front of the residence and was observed at the front and rear of his vehicle handling items in the trunk and around the hood, police said. A search of those areas led to the discovery of marijuana, heroin, syringes, paraphernalia and a controlled substance, police said.

Michelle Clark, 42, 3113 13th St.,  Mackcena Kirby, 45, Bloomington and Whitney Bunting, 28, 100 N. Hughes St. were found inside the house and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail after their arrest on multiple drug-related charges, police said

Following are names, addresses and preliminary charges of those arrested:

James F. Wood II
James F. Wood II

James Franklin Wood II, 34, 6841 E Base Road, held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond, preliminary charges of:

  • Indiana Department of Corrections Nationwide Extradition Warrant
  • Maintaining a Common Nuisance
  • Dealing in heroin
  • Dealing in methamphetamine
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon
  • Possession of a handgun without a license
  • Possession of a syringe
  • Possession of paraphernalia
Michelle S. Clark
Michelle S. Clark

Michelle S Clark, 42, 3113 13th St., held in the Bartholomew County Jail on $130,000 bond on preliminary charges of:

  • Maintaining a Common Nuisance
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a syringe
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of paraphernalia
Christopher L. Tays
Christopher L. Tays

Christopher Lee Tays, 29, 301 Cincinnati St., Franklin, held in the Bartholomew County Jail on $121,000 bond, on preliminary charges of:

  • Visiting a common nuisance
  • Trafficking with an inmate
  • 2 counts of possession of heroin
  • 2 counts of possession of a syringe
  • 2 counts of possession of paraphernalia
Whitney A. Bunting
Whitney A. Bunting

Whitney A. Bunting, 28, 100 N. Hughes St., being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $61,000, on preliminary charges of:

  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of a syringe
  • Possession of paraphernalia
Timothy W. Dunham
Timothy W. Dunham

Timothy Dunham, 51, 8161 E. Rockwood St., held in the Bartholomew County Jail on $74,500 bond, on preliminary charges of:

  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Visiting a common nuisance
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a syringe
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of paraphernalia
Mackcena G. Kirby
Mackcena G. Kirby

Mackcena Gail Kirby, 45, Bloomington, held without bond on preliminary charges of

  • Monroe County warrant
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Visiting a common nuisance
  • Possession of heroin
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of a syringe
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • False informing

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