COLUMBUS, IND. – After more than half a dozen heroin overdose cases ripped through Columbus within just 72 hours last month, local police worked tirelessly to track down where the drug was coming from and find who’s bringing it into Bartholomew County.
“Fighting heroin and other drugs here in our community remains a very top priority,” said Lt. Matthew Harris of Columbus Police.
Police believe they have one of the key dealers who may be responsible for the drug trade in Columbus in custody, 25-year-old Ryan Redmon.
“It has actually been a multi-month investigation in regards to heroin being brought into Bartholomew County and Columbus,” said Lt. Harris.
Investigators say Redmon got the batch of heroin from Cincinnati, Ohio. Police believe the heroin was laced with other lethal drugs like carfentanil, which is an elephant tranquilizer and is 10,000 times more potent than morphine.
“We are waiting to get the toxicology reports back, but due to the overdose descriptions from the officers we do believe it was laced with other products,” said Lt. Harris.
Police say Redmon is a well-known drug dealer in Bartholomew County and believe his arrest will impact the local drug trade, adding to the nearly two dozen drug-related arrests that they have already made this year.
“We want people who are selling illegal narcotics in Columbus and in the Columbus area to take notice of the very large number of arrests that we have made this year and for the people to think long and hard before selling drugs in the area,” said Lt. Harris.
Police say the seven overdose cases in one weekend is still one of the highest that they have ever had in the city. All of the people who took the laced heroin that Redmon allegedly sold to them were saved by emergency responders.
Police believe that Redmon did not act alone and say more drug-related arrests will be coming.