LIMA – Three people were taken into custody Tuesday on a variety of charges following the execution of a drug-related search warrant in Lima.
The arrests followed an investigation by the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force after complaints were received from residents and a business concerning suspected drug activity in the 800 block of Brice Avenue. During the investigation, a narcotics transaction was viewed by investigators, which required immediate action to intervene. During the course of the search of an involved vehicle, approximately five grams of suspected crack cocaine was recovered.
Investigators then requested a search warrant for 803 Brice Ave. As the warrant was being prepared, investigators continued their surveillance and viewed multiple people arriving and leaving the residence. Traffic stops were conducted on the vehicles leaving the residence, resulting in several firearms being recovered from one vehicle and suspected pharmaceutical pills from a second vehicle.
With the assistance of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, task force investigators then served the narcotics warrant at the Brice Avenue location. One firearm, drug paraphernalia, pharmaceutical pills and $16,000 in U.S. currency were located during the search. The home’s resident, Eric Henry, 34, was taken into custody at the scene.
Lydia Johnson, 26, of Lima, was taken into custody on a traffic stop after she left the residence and was found to be in possession of several firearms suspected to have come from within the home. She was taken into custody on a felony tampering with evidence charge.
Marvin Thomas Jr., 36, of Lima was also taken into custody on a separate traffic stop for possessing pharmaceutical pills suspected to have come from within the residence. He was charged with possession of Schedule I or II drugs.
Additional charges will be presented to an Allen County grand jury at a later date.