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Former Columbus Police Officer Accused of Stealing Drugs from Evidence Room

Investigators say he removed cocaine, meth and marijuana that was seized by police.

Jeremy Coomes (Columbus Police Dept.)

COLUMBUS, Ind. – A Columbus Police officer faces drug and theft charges after investigators say he was stealing drugs seized by police.

Jeremy Coomes, 38, of Columbus is accused of removing drugs from the evidence room while he was the supervisor of the Columbus Police Department's Narcotics Unit.  Investigators say Coomes had stolen cocaine, meth, marijuana and other controlled substances that were seized during police arrests.  Columbus Police asked the Indiana State Police to investigate after an audit found drugs to be missing from the evidence room. 

Detectives say Coomes was a supervisor with the Narcotics Unit for nearly four years and resigned in October.  He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and faces the following drug and theft charges:

Coomes faces the following drug and theft-related charges:

Possession of Methamphetamine, level 3 felony

Possession of Methamphetamine, level 6 felony

Possession of Cocaine, level 6 felony

Possession of a Narcotic Drug, level 6 felony

Theft, level 5 felony

Theft, class A misdemeanor (2 counts) 

Possession of a Controlled Substance, class A misdemeamor

Possession of Marijuana, class B misdemeanor

Official Misconduct, level 6 felony

Columbus Police Chief Jon Rohde issued the following written statement after Coomes’s arrest:

“Today, I was informed that the former officer was arrested as a result of the Indiana State Police investigation. Police officers must be accountable for their actions and conduct both on and off the job; they are expected to adhere to the oath they take and a code of ethics that holds them to the highest of standards. You can be confident that the officers on the Columbus Police Department will be held to these high standards and the responsibilities of the position in which they are entrusted. This incident is not reflective of the hard working men and women of the Columbus Police Department who serve our community with the integrity that is expected of law enforcement professionals.”

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