CPD patrol car contaminated after drug arrest

Alexis Daniels; Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

A Columbus woman was arrested overnight after she was seen trespassing in a department store. Columbus Police say she later tore open a bag of drugs contaminating a patrol vehicle with fentanyl.

The incident began at approximately 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, when officers were dispatched to the Walmart on Whitfield Drive in regards to a woman acting suspiciously inside of the store.

The officers made contact with 20-year-old Alexis R. Daniels and confirmed that she had been trespassing on the property. Daniels was placed under arrest and patted down for weapons and contraband prior to being transported to the Bartholomew County Jail. Upon arriving at the jail, officers observed a white substance on Daniels’ hands and in the floorboard beneath where she was seated. The white substance later tested positive as mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

The CPD patrol car was quarantined and the interior was later cleaned by members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team and Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team.

Daniels is facing preliminary charges of Trespassing, Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Narcotic Drug.