Mercer County Deputies seize suspected meth, handgun during traffic stop

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MERCER COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A traffic stop lead Mercer County Sheriff Deputies to a meth bust and two arrests.

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said his office is investigating a Thursday traffic stop that led to the seizure of more than 29 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Grey said on September 20 around 8:10 PM a deputy was on 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 car was stopped on Staeger Road near State Route 29.

Katelynn Campbell

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Katelynn Campbell, who did not have 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 and alerted on the passenger side of the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. The vehicle was searched and deputies found the ID of the passenger, a wallet and several baggies with suspected methamphetamine inside. Deputies also found an unloaded .25 caliber Phoenix Arms handgun under the driver’s seat.

Bailey Parker

Katelynn Campbell, 26, of Hollansburg, Ohio and Bailey S. Parker, 19, of Van Wert, Ohio were arrested. While being transported to the Mercer County Detention facility, Ms. 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 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.

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