(9-21-18) Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office is investigating a traffic stop that led to the seizure of more than 29 grams of suspected methamphetamine.
On September 20th at approximately 8:10 PM a deputy was on routine patrol when he noticed a passenger inside a vehicle attempting to cover his face. A short time later the vehicle went left of center and a registration check indicated the registered owner of the vehicle’s license was under suspension. The description of the registered owner matched the individual driving the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped on Staeger Road near State Route 29.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Katelynn Campbell, who did not possess a valid driver’s license. The male passenger was asked for identification and advised he did not have any with him, and provided a false name and date of birth. A K9 from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene. The K9 alerted on the passenger side of the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. The vehicle was searched and deputies recovered the ID of the passenger, a wallet and several baggies with suspected methamphetamine inside. Deputies also recovered an unloaded .25 caliber Phoenix Arms handgun under the driver’s seat.
Arrested were the driver of the vehicle, Katelynn Campbell, age 26, of Hollansburg, Ohio and the passenger, Bailey S. Parker, age 19, of Van Wert, Ohio. While being transported to the Mercer County Detention facility, Campbell advised she also had drugs hidden internally in her body cavity. After a body scan at the detention facility more narcotics were located.
Both Campbell and Parker are presently being held in the Mercer County Detention facility on $100,000.00 bond. The case will be forwarded for review by the Mercer County Prosecutors Office.