7 in custody in Bartholomew County drug case

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (WTHR) — More than half a dozen people are now facing charges after a big drug bust in Bartholomew County.

It happened Wednesday night after officers from multiple departments searched a home on Mapleton Street.

Inside they found one-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $30,000.

The suspects range in age from 19 to 42. They're facing different charges but only two of them are accused of selling meth.

Police identified those arrested as:

  • David Oswaldo Cornejo, 41, of Columbus: Dealing in Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 Felony)
  • Fernando Lopez-Mendez 37, of Columbus: Dealing in Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance
  • Mirna Benitez-Paz, 42, of Columbus: Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 Felony)
  • Isabel Benitez-Paz, 38, of Columbus: Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 Felony)
  • Michell Vasqez Benitez, 19, of Columbus: Visiting a Common Nuisance (Class B Misd.)
  • Rogelio Moreno Benitez, 19, of Columbus: Visiting a Common Nuisance (Class B Misd.)
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