Jose L. Colis-Cerda. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

A Bartholomew County man is facing federal charges after an arrest last month on Fremont Drive.

The Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team along with the U.S. DEA served a search warrant on the home in the 2200 block of Fremont Drive at about 7:20 a.m. the morning of July 27th.

Officers discovered about a pound of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, more than $22,000 in cash and several firearms, according to reports from the sheriff’s department.


39-year-old Jose L. Colis-Cerda was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and marijuana along with maintaining a common nuisance.

On Aug. 1st, a federal arrest warrant was issued and he was charged with four counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Colis-Cerda was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.


“Maintaining the safety of our communities in the Southern District of Indiana remains a top priority of this office,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler. “When individuals choose to deal dangerous narcotics in our neighborhoods, they can expect the hammer of federal prosecution.”

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team is a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sheriff Matt Myers said his department “remains committed to working closely with all law enforcement agencies in our effort to elevate public safety in all areas of Bartholomew County.”

Columbus Police Chief Rohde said that JNET and local agencies are aggressively working against drug dealers locally.

“This arrest demonstrates the importance of cooperation between our local and federal law enforcement agencies,” Rohde said.