Columbus crime: Four arrested for trafficking in meth

Investigators with the Columbus Police Department’s vice squad raided a methamphetamine lab Sunday that was operating out of a residence on Beallwood Avenue.

Several officers walked in on the active meth lab at 3974 Beallwood Ave., around 3 p.m. while serving a search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation, said vice commander, Capt. Bill Turner.

According to a report filed about the incident: “At the time of the search warrant it was discovered that the kitchen area was being used at the time to cook methamphetamine.”

Though the officers involved in the operation were exposed to the toxic fumes upon entering the residence, none were injured. “We just opened the doors and aired it out,” Turner said.

Four people were arrested during the bust and are being held in the Muscogee County Jail.

Joseph Bett, 31, of 3222 First Ave., and John McConniel, 22, of 3974 Beallwood Ave., were charged with trafficking in and possession of methamphetamine.

Karen Gaddis, 48, of 3974 Beallwood Ave., and Charles Beck, 45, of 108 Comer Street, were charged with trafficking in meth and manufacturing a controlled substance, according to police reports and jail logs.