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COLUMBUS — A Columbus man facing local drug and firearm felonies from a November bust has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Tyler Palmer, 24, is charged in the two-count indictment with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime.

He was released from the county jail to federal authorities on Dec. 22.

The maximum penalty on the drug charge is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine and four-year term of supervised release. The firearm charge carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release.

A Columbus Police investigation got underway Nov. 21 when Investigator Jeremy Zywiec observed two men sitting in the front seat of a parked vehicle in the Victorian Inn parking lot at 3919 23rd St.

After making contact with Palmer, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, and Jeremy Nielsen, 30, seated on the passenger side, the investigator learned through a records check that both men had outstanding arrest warrants.

Palmer was being sought for failure to appear on a previous meth possession felony.

During his questioning of Palmer, Zywiec wrote in his arrest statement, he observed the grip of a handgun pushed between the driver’s seat and center console. A second handgun was located under the seat completely concealed, he wrote. Both guns were loaded.

The investigator reported a baggie containing a crystal substance, which later tested positive for meth, was found in plain view on the driver’s side floorboard. The baggie of meth weighed slightly more than an ounce. A glass pipe was found between the two front seats.

Palmer admitted the handguns, a Colt .22-caliber revolver and Ruger .22-caliber revolver, were his and said he used them for target shooting, Zywiec wrote.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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