Deputies arrest driver accused of dealing methamphetamine

COLUMBUS, Ind. —  Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies arrested a local woman on Tuesday after a traffic stop at 11:49 p.m. in the area of East County Road 800N and North County Road 100E.

After deputies made contact with the driver, identified as Pamela Schaefer, 64, Columbus, a Columbus Police Department K9 alerted to the odor of narcotics inside her vehicle.

Deputies located a large corner-cut bag of approximately 55 grams of suspected
methamphetamine on Schaefer, which Sheriff Matt Myers described as a “big drug bust.”

Methamphetamine is weighed at the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. Photo provided

Schaefer was arrested on preliminary charges of:
–Dealing in methamphetamine
–Possession of methamphetamine
She remains in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $325,000 bond.

Primary Deputy: Deputy Grant Carlson
Assisting Officers: Sgt. Gary Knoef, Sgt. Jarod Aspenson, Deputy Matt Bush, Officer
Clark, JNET (Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team)
Other Agencies on Scene: Columbus Police Department

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office is targeting the manufacturing and abuse of dangerous drugs in Columbus and
Bartholomew County.