Dealer linked to tainted heroin sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Columbus heroin dealer sentenced this week is considered one of two men largely responsible for dozens of overdoses in Bartholomew County a year ago, an investigator testified in court.

Cyrus P. Nida, 20, of 2663 Forest Drive, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in a state prison by Bartholomew Superior Court 1 Judge Jim Worton.

When more than 40 drug overdoses occurred in late summer and early fall of 2016, about a dozen victims told police they had obtained the narcotic through Nida, according to testimony from the investigating undercover officer with Bartholomew County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team.

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