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Undercover drug buys net 4 arrests


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The Bartholomew County SWAT team served a warrant early Tuesday in Everroad Park West to apprehend three of four people as part of a lengthy drug investigation, police said.

The team searched a residence at 2822 Desoto Way shortly after midnight, according to Columbus Police spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris. The home is in the neighborhood north of Eastbrook Plaza.

The house was occupied by Raymond L. Anderson, 30, and Shannon L. Lawson, 40, who were taken into custody, Harris said.

Anderson’s brother, Ryan K. Anderson, 29, of 222 N. Gladstone Ave., Columbus, was also taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said.

The first arrest in the case happened hours earlier on Monday, in the Wehmeier Addition, located just off State Street southeast of Columbus East High School.

Police had been looking for Willy D. Grider, who lives with Ryan Anderson, after an arrest warrant was signed Friday by Bartholomew Superior Court 1 Judge James Worton.

Grider, 37, was wanted on charges of two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, according to court records.

He’s accused of selling one gram of meth to a confidential police informant on Feb. 20, followed by a similar drug deal four days later to an undercover narcotics officer, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Bartholomew Circuit Court.

In both instances, Grider is accused of using public shopping areas in Columbus to make the deals, as well as obtain the money first before leaving and returning with the meth, the police affidavit stated.

At 9:10 p.m. Monday, investigators followed up on an anonymous tip that Grider was at a house in the 700 block of Glendale Drive and took him into custody without incident, Harris said.

Grider was booked into jail in lieu of $200,000 surety or $20,000 cash bond.

If convicted of both Level 3 felonies, Grider could be sentenced to between six and 40 years behind bars, as well as ordered to pay up to $20,000 in fines.

Through the ongoing investigation, detectives received information about drug activity at the Everroad Park West house, Harris said.

Both Raymond and Ryan Anderson, as well as Lawson, were arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, classified as Level 6 felonies. Convictions on both counts carry a potential sentence of one to four years imprisonment, as well as fines of up to $20,000.

Ryan Anderson, who was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, was also being sought for parole violations, according to court records.

A petition to revoke his probation was filed in Bartholomew Superior Court 2 after he received a suspended one-year sentence July 16 after pleading guilty to conversion, according to court records.

A hearing before Judge Kitty Coriden on the revocation petition is Sept. 19.

Grider has been formally charged, but the charges against the three arrested at Desoto Way are preliminary.

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

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