(12-16-17) Sheriff Jeff Grey reports a traffic stop was made yesterday at 2:34 PM. Deputies of the Sheriff’s Office, working with assigned HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team) members, witnessed what they believed to be a “hand to hand” drug transaction in the City of Celina.
Deputies made a traffic stop on one of the suspected parties involved and found that she was driving under suspension. The female was in the process of being arrested, when she was advised of the “Body Scanner” at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, at which point the female (no name given in release) told the deputies that she had swallowed a small baggie with crack cocaine inside.
The female was taken to Mercer Health, where she was admitted for observation due to her drug ingestion.
This case is also being forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review of additional charges.
Sheriff Grey wants to thanks the citizens of Mercer County for the purchase of the body scanner. Grey stated that without this scanner, this would be a case where drugs would have been smuggled into the detention facility and putting this female and other inmates at risk of overdosing inside the jail.
Earlier yesterday at 1:44 PM, his deputies had received a call of a disabled vehicle on St Rte 118 in Butler Township. The deputy stopped to check on the vehicle and it’s operator. The deputy found that 41 year old Douglas Troy Williams of 543 Clifton Blvd Toledo, Ohio was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The deputy found that Williams had an active felony warrant out of Wyandot County (Ohio) for possession of cocaine.
The Coldwater Police Department was called to assist in making the arrest. Williams refused to give permission to search his vehicle and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was called to check the vehicle. The K-9 Unit indicated the presence of drugs inside the vehicle.
During the search a vacuum sealed package was found in the back seat with over a pound of suspected marijuana inside. Deputies towed the vehicle from the scene and detectives of the Sheriff’s Office applied for a received a Search Warrant for the vehicle. Nothing more was located inside the vehicle.
Mr. Williams was booked into the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on the outstanding warrant from Wyandot County. This case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review of additional charges.