6 arrested in drug sweep

Police find marijuana, meth, paraphernalia in house

Six people were arrested Monday on drug-related charges by the Columbus/Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and Columbus Police Department officers.

The arrests in an ongoing drug sweep have now reached 20, after 14 people were arrested on various drug-related charges last week.

Investigators served a search warrant at 71 Reo St. on Monday as part of an investigation into drug dealing occurring at the residence, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers recovered marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including syringes, corner cut bags, smoking pipes and a digital scale, Harris said. Detectives also found a syringe in the house that contained an unknown fluid, Harris said. The fluid was later tested using a handheld narcotics analyzer which confirmed the presence of a methamphetamine and fentanyl mixture, Harris said.

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Arrested were:

Amie J. Sparks, 41, Indianapolis, on charges of three counts of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $407,500 bond.

Jeremy T. Calhoun, 27, of 2715 Tyler Drive, on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. He was being held in jail in lieu of $136,000 bond, jail officials said.

Vicky S. Leonard, 57, of 342 S. Cherry St., on charges of possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance. She was released under the county’s pretrial diversion program.

Erica P. Cowan, 20, of 71 Reo St., on charge of maintaining a common nuisance. She was being held in the jail in lieu of $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

Rana L. Franklin, 53, of 6713 Deaver Road, on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance. She was released under the county’s pretrial diversion program.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department also arrested Mirian J. Alamo, 26, of 903 Chestnut St., at a separate location on Monday. Alamo had a Bartholomew County warrant on one count of dealing in methamphetamine, Harris said. She was being held in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond, jail officials said.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office, was formed to target manufacturing, sale and abuse of drugs locally.

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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.