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6-month probe ends in drug arrest

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A six-month investigation has led to the arrest of a Columbus man on two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, police said.

Terrell A. Brantley, 26, of 222 N. Gladstone Ave., was taken into custody Monday night in southeast Columbus, said Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, Brantley was found by Sgt. Toby Combest sitting in a vehicle outside his home near Gladstone and Illinois avenues, Myers said. Uniformed officers recently had been asked to search for Brantley by investigators with the narcotics division, he said.

Brantley is accused of selling methamphetamine to undercover officers on two separate occasions in recent months, Myers said.

While both meth purchases occurred in the downtown area, one drug deal was done within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, Myers said.

For that reason, one of the drug-dealing charges was stiffened from a Class B to a Class A felony, Myers said.

Narcotics detectives say the crystal meth sold to undercover officers was likely manufactured outside the United States, Myers said.

While court records list several Columbus area addresses for Brantley in recent years, court documents state he was residing in a remote area of Jennings County, about two miles east of Vernon, as late as last February.

This wasn’t the first time that Brantley has been arrested for a meth-related charge.

In February 2011, he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and theft, both as Class D felonies, as well as resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor, according to court records.

Four months later, Brantley accepted a plea agreement that allowed him to admit guilt to attempted theft as a Class D felony, with all other charges dropped.

One month later, in July 2011, Brantley was given an 18-month suspended sentence.

New charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

If charged and convicted of both counts, Brantley could receive from 26 to 70 years behind bars and fines of up to $20,000.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Brantley remained in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $160,000 surety or $16,000 cash bond.

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