Several agencies team up to take down drug offenders

DARKE COUNTY – Officials from the Darke County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force, Greenville Police Department, Union City Ohio Police Department and the Union City Indiana Police Department recently teamed up to make several drug related arrests in Darke County, Ohio and Randolph County, Indiana.

Agencies have received multiple complaints of drug related activity in their communities. The departments joined together to investigate and arrest multiple suspects on drug trafficking charges.

On October 12, Joseph Smith, age 37, of Greenville, Ohio, was arrested for one count of Trafficking Marijuana to a Juvenile, an incident that occurted in the City of Greenville. Smith is being held on bond and has multiple additional charges pending in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

On October 30, authorities arrested Brittney Harris, age 26, of Union City, Ohio for
Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs. Harris has since been released by the Darke County Common Pleas Court on her Own Recognizance.

On October 31, authorities of the Union City Ohio Police Department, Union City Indiana Police Department. Darke County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force, and an investigator from the Greenville Police Department swept up the streets of Union City Ohio and Indiana and made multiple arrests.

Jesse Riley, age 24, of Union City, Ohio was arrested for one count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs. Riley is being held in the Darke County Sheriff’s Jail without bond, and is awaiting arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Ariel Stewart, age 25, of Union City, Indiana was arrested for two counts of Aggravated
Trafficking in Drugs. Stewart is being held in the Darke County Sheriff’s Jail without bond, and is awaiting arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Kelly E. Smith, age 23, of Union City, Indiana was already being held in the Randolph County Jail, and was additionally charged with two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs. Smith will eventually be turned over to Darke County Authorities and will be arraigned in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Shawn Stewart, age 43, of Union City Indiana was arrested for Dealing Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance. Shawn Stewart is being held on bond at the Randolph County Jail, where he is awaiting his initial court appearance in the Randolph Circuit Court.

Upon serving an arrest warrant at a residence in the 900 blk of W. Hickory Street in Union City, Indiana, officers could smell a strong odor of drugs coming from the residence. During the investigation officers located drugs in the residence. Arrested at the residence was Tracy Riley, age 45, of Union City Indiana, Tiffany Nickel, age 29, of Union City, Indiana, and Makayla Riggs, age 21, of Union City, Indiana.

Upon arriving at the jail, Tiffany Nickel was found to have an illegal drug insider her mouth. The jail staff was able to retrieve the item, and in the course of retrieving the item, Nickel was also charged with Resisting Law Enforcement.

Also on October 31, 2018, members of the Darke County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force and the
Greenville Police Department arrested Kayela Trittschuh, age 28, of Greenville, Ohio for two
counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs. Trittschuh is being held in the Darke County Jail without bond, awaiting arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

There are currently multiple cases pending, and several more arrests will be made for
Trafficking Drugs in the near future.

Chief Mark Ater of the Union City Ohio Police Department, stated “Area agencies are committed to working together to address the drug problem within the surrounding communities. It is an awesome feeling when multiple agencies can come together with one common goal, to take drugs off the street! We will continue to join resources in our fight against drugs in our communities.”

To report drug activity in your neighborhood call the Darke County Crime Stoppers 24HR tipline at 937-547-1661 or visit darkecountycrimestoppers.com

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