( 8-15-20)  Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports the arrest of two (2) adults on drug charges.   Grey advised that on August the 15th, 2020 at 2:31 AM, a deputy and a Coldwater Officer stopped a car on Fleetfoot Road just south of St Rte 29 for driving erratically.  Grey advised that Coldwater’s K-9 was asked to check around the vehicle due to unusual actions of the driver and prior knowledge of drug activity with the driver.   K-9 Franco alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle found approximately 28 grams of suspected Methamphetamines.  The investigation revealed that the driver of the car had just purchased the drugs at a residence in Coldwater.

drug money

Deputies applied for and received a search warrant for the Coldwater residence.   Deputies and Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of Coldwater Police Officers executed the search warrant at 703 East Vine Street.  During the search of the residence, deputies found marijuana, prescription pills, methamphetamines, a loaded firearm and large amount of cash and other drug paraphernalia.  Coldwater PD K-9 Franco was walked around a vehicle at the residence and alerted to presence of drugs in that vehicle.  A second search warrant was applied for and received for the vehicle.   A search of the vehicle found drug paraphernalia inside.

Shelby Braun and Robert Hand
Shelby Braun and Robert Hand

Arrested were Robert L Hand (58) of 440 Touvelle Street lot 17 Celina, Ohio.  Hand was booked into the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on charges of Possession of Drugs a third degree felony.  Hand’s bond was set at $500,000.00, subject to 10% by Celina Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Speelman.  Also arrested was Shelby F Braun (28) of 703 E Vine Street Coldwater, Ohio.  Braun was arrested for Trafficking in Drugs a Fifth Degree Felony.  Braun’s bond was also set at $500,000.00, subject to 10% by Speelman.

This case remains under investigation and will be reviewed by Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox for consideration of additional charges.