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Columbus woman arrested for trespassing, contaminating police car with fentanyl

A Columbus woman was arrested after she was seen trespassing in a department store and later tore open a bag of drugs in a police car.
Alexis Daniels. (Photo: Columbus Police Department)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WTHR) – A Columbus woman was arrested after she was seen trespassing in a department store.

Columbus police say she later tore open a bag of drugs, contaminating a police department patrol vehicle with fentanyl early Tuesday morning.

Interior of the contaminated patrol car. (Photo: Columbus Police Department)

Around 2:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to Walmart, located at 735 Whitfield Drive, in regards to a woman acting suspiciously inside of the store.

The officers found the woman, who was identified as 20-year-old Alexis Daniels and confirmed that she had previously trespassed on the property.

Police say Daniels was arrested and patted down for weapons and contraband before being transported to the Bartholomew County Jail.

When they arrived at the jail, officers found a white substance on Daniels’ hands and on the floorboard under where she was sitting. The white substance later tested positive as a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

The CPD patrol car was quarantined and the interior was later cleaned by members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team.

Daniels was preliminarily arrested on charges of trespassing, obstruction of justice and possession of a narcotic drug.