PIQUA — A local drug house was “taken down” on Friday, thanks to alert residents.
Deputy Piqua Police Chief Marty Grove said that a number of tips regarding drug trafficking at a McKinley Avenue residence led police to gather enough information to obtain a narcotics search warrant.
The combined Piqua/Sidney Tactical Response Team, along with detectives from both Piqua and Sidney police departments executed a search warrant at 328 McKinley Ave. around 9 a.m.
Grove said that officers located evidence of both cocaine and meth trafficking at the residence. “Both the meth and coke were packaged for sale,” said Grove, “We also found a large amount of cash.”
Taken into custody at the residence was Lewis Benjamin Stewart III, 37, of Piqua. Stewart was transported to the Miami County Jail, where is is awaiting arraignment on two counts of trafficking in drugs, one count each for the cocaine and the meth. Both charges are felonies of the third-degree.
Grove said that thanks to alert citizens providing tips about drug trafficking, the Piqua Police Department is able to get more drugs off the streets.
Police are continuing their investigation.
Stewart remains incarcerated at the Miami County Jail.