Edinburgh man accused of dealing drugs pleads guilty

An Edinburgh resident who was part of a high-profile narcotics investigation has pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing.

Originally charged with two Class A felonies, Jose Rodrigo Dominguez-Cruz, 31, of 3126 Alan Drive, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of dealing in methamphetamine as a Class B felony in Bartholomew County Circuit Court.   

He could receive six to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines next month at sentencing.

Dominguez-Cruz, a citizen of Mexico, was one of four men arrested last year after a lengthy investigation into the sale of cocaine and methamphetamine. Agencies involved in the investigation were the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office. After his arrest, the U.S. Department of Immigration requested that Dominguez-Cruz be kept in custody to allow them to investigate his legal status in the U.S., assistant jail commander Capt. Kim Martoccia said.

Two others arrested, Alvin E. Asencio-Aguirre, 29, and Carlos M. Martinez, 30, both of Columbus, have trial dates this fall. A fourth man arrested was never charged.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.