12 arrested, dozens indicted in Mercer County drug investigation

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CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – A drug investigation in Mercer County resulted in the indictment of 27 people and 12 arrests Wednesday. Seven more people are being sought in connection with the case.

The Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey, said Thursday 11 people were arrested and taken to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on drug indictments on 32 felony counts.  An additional 13 individuals already incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility were served indictments which include 22 felony counts, and 2 misdemeanor counts.

Grey said there are three additional people indicted who are currently incarcerated in other correctional institutions, who have been indicted on 10 felony counts. 

Another three people have been issued summons on indictments for a total of six felony counts. The names of the persons currently incarcerated in prisons and those indictments issued as summons are not being released until they have been served.

Mercer County Deputies are also looking for an additional seven individuals who have been indicted that are currently at large.  Those seven indictments include a total of 12 felony counts.

Officers during the arrests recovered drug paraphernalia, and suspected cocaine and methamphetamine.

These charges are the result of investigations by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Lake Task Force, and the Celina Police Department. Many of the charges and arrests are results of tips from the community. The Celina Police Department assisted deputies with these apprehensions.

SERVED IN JAIL:

  • Kelli J. Rutter, Age 22, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  3 Counts of Trafficking in Heroin, Felonies of the 5th degree.
  • Joshua E. Kittle, Age 35, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Possession of Heroin, a Felony of the 5th degree, 1 Count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the 3rd degree, and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree.
  • Paige K. King, Age 20, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th degree. 
  • Angel Storck, Age 29 Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th degree.
  • Deven R. Dugger, Age 22,  Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. 1 Count of Burglary, a felony of the 3rd degree, 1 Count of theft from a Person in a Protected Class, a Felony of the 4th degree. 
  • Damion J. Post, Age 32, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Possession of Cocaine, a Felony of the 5th Degree, 1 County of Possession of a Fentanyl Related Compound, a Felony of 5th Degree, and 1 Count of Possession of a Drug Abuse Instruments, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree.
  • Gregory S. Edwards, Age 52, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th degree.
  • Kiah Z. Helmer, Age 22, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, 1 Count of Possession of LSD, a Felony of the 5th Degree, 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of drugs, a Felony of the 5th degree.
  • Orlando C. Candelaria Jr., Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Trafficking in a Counterfeit Controlled Substance, a Felony of the 4th Degree, 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree.
  • Charles J. Tester, Age 30, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree.
  • Billie J. Huston, Age 37, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree.
  • Jeremy E. Stineback, Age 40, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. 4 Counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felonies of the 4th Degree, 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree.
  • Kelly R. Hooks, Age 39, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.  1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 4th degree, and 1 Count of Trafficking in Cocaine, a Felony of the 5th Degree.

ARRESTED:

  • Christopher W. Anderson, Age 40, 322 Fayette Street, Celina, Ohio.  1 Count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a Felony of 3rd Degree.
  • Michael H. Toler, Age 50, 306 West Summit Street, Celina, Ohio. 1 Count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a Felony of the 4th Degree, and 1 Count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a Felony of the 3rd Degree.
  • Tina K. Hall, Age 52, 1100 Meyer Road, Celina, Ohio. 4 Counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 3rd Degree.
  • Craig Hall, Age 54, 1100 Meyer Road, Celina, Ohio.  4 Counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 3rd Degree. 
  • Roy M. Schmidt II, Age 35, 616 North Walnut Street, Celina, Ohio.  2 Counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 3rd Degree.
  • James D. Thompson, Age 45, 217 Parkview Drive, Celina, Ohio. 2 Counts of Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 3rd Degree, 1 Count of Trafficking in Hashish, a felony of the 5th degree.
  • Nathan J. Watkins, Age 25, 637 Hoying Street, Celina, Ohio. 4 Counts of Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 4th Degree, 3 Counts of Trafficking in Heroin, Felonies of the 5th Degree, 2 Counts of Trafficking in Cocaine, Felonies of the 5th Degree.
  • Jesse A. Williams, Age 35, 1400 West Market Street, Celina, Ohio. 1 Count of Trafficking in Counterfeit Controlled Substances, 1 Count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a Felony of the 4th Degree, 1 Count of Trafficking in Cocaine, a Felony of the 5th Degree.  Mr. Williams was also served with an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for child support.
  • Maria A. McBride, Age 41, 710 Devonshire, Celina, Ohio.  2 Counts of Trafficking in Drugs, Felonies of the 4th Degree.
  • Rebecca K. Springer, Age 58, 322 West Fayette Street, Celina, Ohio.  1 Count of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 3rd Degree.
  • Alissa R. Tebbe, age 25, 408 E. Main Street, Coldwater, Ohio. 1 Count of Possession of Cocaine, a felony in the 5th degree.
  • *** Joshua P. Bernholt, Age 30, 915 Fleck Ave, Celina, Ohio. 1 Count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a Felony of the 5th Degree, 1 Count of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree.
  • Mr. Bernholt turned himself into the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday evening.  Mr. Bernholt was the 12th individual arrested.

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