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2 arrested for drugs, guns after lengthy investigation

Columbia County detectives conducted nearly year-long investigation

Brent Rummelt, 34, and Lena Rummelt, 42, were arrested in Columbia County on drug charges
Brent Rummelt, 34, and Lena Rummelt, 42, were arrested in Columbia County on drug charges

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – A narcotics investigation in Columbia County that started nearly a year ago came to a close Wednesday when deputies arrested a man for possession of drugs during a traffic stop, and then arrested a woman following a search warrant, deputies said.

The Columbia County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force began its investigation nearly a year ago when a group of neighbors told police about suspicious activity at a home in their neighborhood. Detectives worked for months developing enough evidence to issue a search warrant for the home and vehicles parked at it.

On Tuesday, one of the home’s residents, 34-year-old Brent Rummelt, was arrested for possession of drugs after police searched his car following a traffic stop shortly after he left the home, officials said.

Officers executed the search warrant issued for the home the following day, where they arrested 42-year-old Lena Rummelt after detectives found 7 grams of crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two guns; a semi-automatic pistol and a short barreled pellet gun mad to look like a shotgun, deputies said.

Lena Rummelt was chraged with possession of a firearm in commission of a crime, public order crimes (maintaining a house for drug activity), possession of controlled substance, possession of meth with intent to sale and possession of drug paraphernalia with. She was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility, where she is held on a total bond of $66,000.


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