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Drugs, guns seized in raid of Columbus home

Residents of a quiet Columbus neighborhood are breathing a sigh of relief after police seized drugs and guns during a raid at a house Thursday night.
Columbus police showed off the drugs and guns seized in the raid Thursday. (Columbus Police Department/Facebook)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WTHR) - There is a wave of relief falling over a Columbus neighborhood.

Thursday night, the city's Joint Narcotics Team raided a home, seizing guns, drugs and cash and arresting 12 people.

Neighbors in the quiet neighborhood a few blocks from Columbus North High School are grateful, but not surprised. The homes are modest, neat and well-kept, but one stood out Friday - the one SWAT officers stormed around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Neighbors heard what sounded like explosions and saw the flashing lights of police cars.

"I thought, 'OK, they've blown a door or shock grenades'," said Tim Ostrander.

Ostrander and his friend Jeff Carr were shocked but pleased to see police arrest 16 people on a variety of drug charges, seize a pound of methamphetamine and other drugs, a substantial amount of cash, ammunition and a dozen handguns and assault-style rifles. The men had no idea they were living so close to so much firepower.

"That is scary," Ostrander said. "That is just damn scary."

Residents tipped police off to a suspected drug dealing operation anyone could see.

"The alley right here sometimes is as busy as one of our main streets in Columbus," said Carr, who lives across the alley from the house. "That's God's honest truth."

Business was apparently so brisk that while police were there with lights flashing and guns drawn, would be customers were driving up and down the street and up and down the alley.

"Business was good." said Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris.

Police are relieved to have so much firepower off the streets, but disturbed by what else they discovered.

"There was methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the bedroom of a small child we believe resided there," Harris said. "That is heartbreaking."

Residents said the heavily armed police and flashing lights were a welcome sight.

"This is a big relief to get this off the streets and out of our neighborhood," Ostrander said.