$300,000 Worth Of Meth Seized During West Columbus Drug Bust


Police and federal agents raided a west Columbus home and seized hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of methamphetamine.

Cruisers lined Roys Avenue on Thursday as suspects were handcuffed in the back seat.  Drug officers, armed with a search warrant, seized nearly 3,000 grams worth of meth from the west Columbus home.  Narcotics officers say that’s worth about $300,000 on the street.

Ronee, a neighbor who asked not to use her last name, tells 10TV the home was an eyesore when it was purchased in late January, but the new owners had been working hard every day to fix it up.

"I just thought it was great; never suspected anything," Ronee says.

At least four suspects faced a judge Friday morning on first degree felony drug charges.  The court ordered James and Joseph Dejarnette held on a half million dollars bond.

Narcotics officers tell 10TV the meth wasn't cooked in the house, so the neighborhood was never in danger.  However, neighbors say it's unnerving to consider what could have happened if the lure of drugs and money had led to a violent confrontation.

All four suspects are charged with aggravated drug possession, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars.  Investigators say it's possible the suspects could face more charges after a grand jury hears the evidence.