Drugs found, 2 arrested during Mercer Co. traffic stop


CELINA — Two people were arrested and suspected methamphetamine seized during a traffic stop near Celina Thursday night.

A Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy was on routine patrol at about 8:10 p.m. Thursday when he noticed the passenger in a vehicle trying to cover his face, according to a news release from the agency. The deputy pulled the vehicle over on Staeger Road near state Route 29, a short time after it went left of center. A registration check indicated the the registered owner had a suspended license.

The driver, Katelynn Campbell, 26, of Hollansburg, did not have a valid driver’s license and the passenger, later identified as Bailey S. Parker, 19, of Van Wert, said he didn’t have any identification and gave the deputy a false name and date of birth.

A drug dog was called to the scene and alerted for narcotics on the passenger side. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered several baggies of suspected methamphetamine, the passenger’s wallet and ID, along with an unloaded .25 caliber Phoenix Arms handgun.

Campbell advised deputies, while being transported to jail, she was also concealing drugs internally.

In all, 29 grams of suspected methamphetamine was seized. Campbell and Parker are being held at the Mercer County jail on $100,000 bonds each.

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