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Pair jailed after drug investigation

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A yearlong drug investigation has resulted in the arrest of two Columbus residents.

Derrick L. Averitte, 30, and his girlfriend, Tenesha Green, 33, face preliminary charges of dealing in cocaine.

Investigators believe Averitte sold the addictive stimulant drug to several Columbus residents over the past year, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Averitte was arrested at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday outside a convenience store at National Road and Central Avenue. The arrest was made after narcotics officers saw a drug deal there.

“We are reluctant to get into a lot of the details at this point because the investigation is still ongoing,” Myers said.

Officers later found Green at the home she shared with Averitte at 3578 Nicholas Lane. Other than drug paraphernalia, Myers did not specify what evidence was collected during a search of the Candlelight Village residence. However, he said it was enough to arrest Green, who had been under investigation for several months.

Evidence collected so far leads authorities to believe that Averitte had been dealing in multiple forms of cocaine, while Green mostly confined her activities to selling the crack variety of the drug, Myers said. He added that it appears the couple were selling only small amounts of cocaine during each transaction.

A number of phone calls to police concerning suspicious activity at the couple’s home, including foot traffic at different times of the day and night, helped to spark the investigations that eventually led to the arrests, Myers said.

“Those calls are vital in our efforts to rid the community of illegal drugs,” Myers said. “When people are telling us that something doesn’t look right, that gives us an idea of where we need to be watching.”

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