PIQUA — Piqua police executed a search warrant on Friday at the same residence for the second time in two weeks.
Chief Bruce Jamison said that another search warrant was obtained for 440 Wood St. on Friday afternoon.
The first incident at the Wood Street address was on March 10 part of a drug-related home invasion case. Drugs were found and a drug dealer arrested who had been working out of the house.
Chief Bruce Jamison said that the second search warrant was obtained following further investigation and included observed activity at the residence.
Lana White, 57, of Piqua, was arrested for trafficking in drugs, described by police as crack cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, after she allegedly made a drug purchase at the 440 Wood St. address.
Police entered the residence and found two adults, Alicia M. Mitchell, 37, and Shmaure D. Woods, 23. Also present was a juvenile. Both adults were taken into custody and transported to the Piqua Police Department for questioning.
Jamison said that following the service of the first search warrant, “Things actually escalated. There was a lot more drug activity there. I don’t know if some dealers are starting to think that once we hit a place once that we are done with it.”
The chief emphasized, “I would like people to know that just because we’ve hit a place once it doesn’t mean that they can have free rein to keep dealing as long as they can manage to stay there.”
Jamison is pleased that, in this case, “We are working with a very cooperative landlord,” who has already served eviction papers on the tenants. “But,” said Jamison, “It takes awhile for the eviction to run through the courts. Most people are understanding but it doesn’t mean that you can continue to use that location and disturb our community by bringing new dealers in to pick up where the other one left off.”
Police believe that the resident is even more directly involved than she was before.
Woods is incarcerated at the Miami County Incarceration Facility and facing a single count of trafficking in drugs (crack cocaine), a fourth-degree felony.
Mitchell is at the Miami County Jail and faces one count of trafficking in drugs (crack cocaine), along with one count each of permitting drug abuse on her premises, a felony of the fifth degree, and child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor. Both are awaiting arraignment on those charges.
The juvenile, a nine-year-old female, was placed with a family member via Miami County Children’s Services.
Jamison said that the Piqua Police Department will “continue to investigate 440 Wood St., along with other suspected drug houses, and take appropriate actions when the evidence allows.”