(COLUMBUS) - A Columbus man is behind bars on drug charges.
Columbus Public Safety spokesman Lt. Matt Myers says the Columbus Police SWAT Team executed a high-risk search warrant at 4970 North Indianapolis Road Monday after narcotics detectives learned that 43-year-old Michael Sample Sr. was allegedly selling crystal methamphetamine from the home.
Myers says during the execution of the search warrant, narcotics detectives found a substantial amount of crystal meth and other street narcotics that will be sent to the State Police Lab for identification. Detectives also seized money believed to be used in Sample Sr.'s illegal drug activity. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found and seized as evidence.
Sample Sr. is currently on house arrest and was preliminarily charged with possession of more than 3 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. He is lodged in the Bartholomew County Jail. Myers says police detectives believe the crystal meth Sample Sr. was distributing in our area was manufactured outside of the United States. This investigation is continuing and more arrests could occur.
Myers noted that the SWAT unit was used to execute this search warrant based on information that Sample Sr. owned or had possession of firearms in the past. He says detectives did locate a CO2 type pistol with the illegal drugs found at the home. The police department had been investigating Sample Sr. for several months.
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