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Three arrested, suspected of being ‘bad heroin’ connection in Columbus area

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Three Columbus men have been arrested on drug-related charges and are believed to be connected to several overdoses in the area.

According to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the three men were arrested in the 300 block of Hope Avenue in Columbus on Tuesday evening.

Christopher Rees, 22, faces preliminary charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. Andrew Ash,21, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. Corey Hofelich, 22, faces preliminary charges of possession of heroin, possession of a legend injection device, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, the DEA and Columbus Police Department served the warrant.

Investigators said the Hope Avenue residence is considered one of the main sources of the “bad heroin.” A lab test is underway to test the heroin.

Dominic Glover is a defense attorney in Columbus he added that heroin is a big problem in the town. 24- Hour News 8, asked Glover what does he say to those who don’t believe it is an issue.

“They are in denial, I would invite them down to the court house on any given day and they can see for themselves,” said Attorney Dominic Glover.

In the raid 14 grams of heroin was seized, including five grams of the suspected “bad heroin.” More than $1,000 was seized as well as drug-related paraphernalia.

Charges could be enhanced due to the residence being close to the Foundation for Youth.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

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