Meth, gun seized during traffic stop in Mercer County

Meth, gun seized during traffic stop in Mercer County (Photo: Mercer Co. Sheriff's Office)

MERCER COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Deputies in Mercer County say a traffic stop led to the seizure of more than 29 grams of suspect methamphetamine.

A deputy on patrol Thursday night, September 20, pulled over the vehicle after noticing the passenger inside tried to cover his face. The vehicle then went left of center and the deputy ran the car's registration. The deputy said the driver's license came up as suspended so he was pulled over on Staeger Road near State Route 29.

The driver of the car is Katelynn Campbell, 26, of Hollansburg, Ohio. Deputies say Cambell does not have a valid driver's license. When the deputy asked the passenger for identification, the deputy said the man said he didn't have any with him, then gave a false name and birth date. A K9 was called to the scene and sniffed out narcotics. After searching the vehicle, deputies found the passenger's ID, a wallet and several baggies filled with suspected methamphetamine. Deputies also found an unloaded .25 caliber Phoenix Arms handgun under the driver's seat.

Campbell, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested along with Bailey S. Parker, 19, of Van Wert, Ohio. While on the way to the Mercer County Jail, deputies say Cambell told them she had drugs hidden inside her body. A body scan at the jail located the drugs. Campbell and Parker are being held at the Mercer County Detention facility on $100,000 bond. The case will now be sent to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office for review.


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