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Tip leads to 2 arrests, charges of dealing marijuana


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A four-month investigation that began with a tip from a local resident led to the arrest of two Columbus men on charges of dealing in marijuana, police said.

Narcotics and undercover officers had been observing the activities of Alex Ray Lawson, 19, of 321 Sycamore St., and Dustten J. Hitch, 18, of 3685 Central Ave., since January, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Investigators believe Lawson and Hitch were working together and had sold an unspecified but substantial amount of marijuana, Myers said.

 

“We felt they were dealing (marijuana) to quite a number of people,” Myers said.

Lawson, who also was wanted on an out-of-county warrant, was arrested at 12:58 p.m. Wednesday after he was found in a neighbor’s home, Myers said.

Less than an hour later, Hitch was riding in a car with an acquaintance when their vehicle was spotted near 22nd Street and Keller Avenue, Myers said. When officers searched Hitch, they found marijuana in his hat, Myers said.

Both men were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail and charged with dealing in marijuana, a Class D felony. Hitch faces an additional charge of possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.

Hitch was released from jail after paying a $3,510 cash bond. As of late Thursday afternoon, Lawson was still in jail in lieu of a $25,000 surety or $2,500 cash bond.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what charges, if any, to file.

More arrests are possible as police continue their investigation, Myers said.

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