Suspect accused of dealing four pounds of methamphetamine

Roberto Bustos Jimenez

COLUMBUS, Ind. –A Columbus Police Department’s Intelligence-Led Policing Unit investigation has resulted in the arrest of a man accused of dealing as much as four pounds of methamphetamine in Columbus.

In early August, officers with the CPD unit began an investigation involving the dealing of methamphetamine in Columbus. Investigators identified the suspect in the
case as Roberto Bustos Jimenez Jr., 42, a convicted felon who had been previously deported, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

As the investigation continued, officers determined that Bustos Jimenez Jr. was having large quantities of illegal narcotics shipped into Columbus from other parts of the United States, Harris said.

With the assistance of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), Immigrations Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Columbus SWAT Team, Bustos Jimenez Jr. was apprehended after a vehicle and foot pursuit on Columbus’ east side on Sept. 29.

On Oct. 1, CPD investigators and JNET detectives intercepted a package that was being shipped to Bustos Jimenez Jr. With the assistance of the Columbus Police Department’s K-9 Argo, a search warrant was obtained for this package. Inside the package, investigators located approximately four pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine, Harris said.

The Columbus Police Department was notified Tuesday that Bustos Jimenez was formally charged by the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony. Bustos Jimenez remains incarcerated in the Bartholomew County Jail. This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, Harris said.

K9 Argo is shown with confiscated methamphetamine. Photo provided by the Columbus Police Department.

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