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Illegal drugs with an estimated street value of $30,000 were confiscated after a city police SWAT team searched a home near 11th and Washington streets.

Columbus police on Wednesday seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana, multiple sheets of LSD, several pounds of psychedelic mushrooms and more than $5,000 worth of drug paraphernalia, such as smoking pipes and scales, spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Officers also confiscated an unspecified amount of cash and what Myers described as a substantial amount of a concentrated cannabis extract often referred to as honey oil or hash oil. When the extract is mixed with marijuana, it greatly amplifies the drug’s effect, Myers said.


Johnny J. Sharpe Jr., 33, 1219 Franklin St., Columbus, was arrested at his home and jailed on charges of two counts of dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance, a Class B felony.

He also is charged with dealing in marijuana, a Class C felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Sharpe’s residence was placed under undercover surveillance after investigators were tipped off about possible illegal drug activity through a neighborhood watch program, Myers said.

A watch group member became suspicious after witnessing vehicles and people coming and going from Sharpe’s home, he said.

During the surveillance, undercover officers used a variety of methods in attempts to identify people visiting the home, Myers said, indicating more arrests are likely as part of the investigation.

The SWAT team executed a search warrant at 5:48 p.m. Wednesday and used distraction devices in the process, Myers said. When officers

entered, the paraphernalia and marijuana were in plain view. Indiana State Police narcotics detectives assisted in the investigation.

Sharpe was arrested, questioned and booked into the Bartholomew County Jail. He was placed on a 48-hour hold without bond, a jail officer said.

If convicted of Wednesday’s arrest charges, Sharpe could be sentenced to between 14 and 57 years in prison, as well as ordered to pay fines of up to $45,000.

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

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