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Former police officer arrested for official misconduct

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police say a former Columbus, Ind. police officer was arrested Wednesday on numerous charges related to alleged misconduct that occurred while he was employed at the Columbus Police Department.

The investigation that led to the arrest of Jeremy Coomes, 38, began in October 2015 when ISP was contacted by the Columbus Police Department to investigate missing evidence from the department's evidence room.

At that time, the police department says it discovered discrepancies when conducting an annual audit of the evidence held in the storage room.

ISP says Coomes, a Columbus, Ind. native, became an officer in 2005. He held the position of Supervisor of the Columbus Police Department's Narcotics Unit from December 2011 until October 2015.

Police say during the time he was a supervisor, Coomes allegedly removed various kinds of drugs from the department's evidence room. He allegedly never returned some of those items, and, in some cases, returned items that differed from the evidence he originally signed out.

Coomes also allegedly possessed illegal drugs outside of his job responsibilities.

Coomes was arrested on a warrant Wednesday. He faces felony drug charges, theft charges, and an official misconduct charge.

The former officer was booked into Bartholomew County Jail Wednesday.

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