Former Columbus officer arrested on drug, theft, official misconduct charges


Jeremy Coomes

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (March 30, 2016)– A former Columbus police officer was arrested Wendesday on various charges related to misconduct that allegedly occurred while he was an officer with the Columbus Police Deparmtment.

Police began to investigate Jeremy R. Coomes, 38, in Oct. 2015 after Columbus police informed Indiana State Police about missing evidence.

Columbus police discovered several issues during an audit of the items in their evidence storage room.

State police learned during their investigation Coomes was the supervisor of Columbus Police Department’s narcotics unit from Dec. 2011 to Oct. 2015, when he resigned.

Coomes is accused of removing various kinds of drugs from the evidence room. Some items were never returned, according to state police, and in some cases items were returned that were not signed out. He allegedly possessed illegal drugs outside of the scope of his job.

Coomes was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of a narcotic drug, theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and official misconduct.

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