Lack of seatbelt leads to arrest of wanted suspect on drug charges

Jeremy S. Whittington. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

The Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team is reporting that a driver who wasn’t using a seatbelt, is now facing drug dealing charges.

Columbus police say that an officer pulled the car over on Middle Road near Rocky Ford Road at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night after noticing the lack of a seatbelt. But the officer found that the driver, 39-year-old Jeremy S. Whittington of Columbus, was also wanted on a felony warrant for dealing methamphetamine.

The warrant was part of a JNET drug dealing investigation that started in Seymour last year according to police. He was taken to jail and is being held on a half million dollar bond.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible. JNET is a cooperative effort between the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbus Police and the county prosecutor’s office to stem the sale of illegal drugs in the community.