Traffic stop leads to police raid


Sidney, Piqua, Secret Service officers involved

Staff report



SIDNEY — A long and busy day of investigation involving three law enforcement agencies yielded five arrests, a seizure of fentanyl, a handgun and more than $2,000 in counterfeit money, Thursday, Aug. 10.

During the early afternoon, Sidney law enforcement officers confiscated drugs and counterfeit money during a routine traffic stop.

Working from information obtained during this stop and from other intelligence sources, law enforcement executed search warrants at two Sidney locations.

In a cooperative effort involving officers from the Sidney Police Department, Piqua Police Department and agents of the U.S. Secret Service, search warrants were executed at 616 1/2 N. Miami Ave. and 646 Marilyn Ave. in Sidney by the tactical teams of Sidney and Piqua Police Departments.

The warrant was executed at the first location at around 3:45 p.m. The warrant was executed at the second location at around 9:18 p.m.

Three people who live at the 616 1/2 N. Miami Ave. residence were arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail. Arrested were Joshua Centers, 28, who was charged with one count of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor; Kandice M. Centers, 33, who was charged with one count of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor; and Joshua R. McMasters, 39, who was charged with one count of drug possession, a fifth-degree felony.

Michael T. Stotler, 27, was arrested, charged with one count of forgery, a fifth-degree felony, and transported to the Shelby County Jail from the 646 Marilyn Dr. location.

A fifth individual arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail as a result of the investigation was Robert Johnson Jr., 39, address at large, who was charged with one count of forgery, a fifth-degree felony.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely to follow after further review with the Shelby County prosecutor, said Sidney Police Capt. Jerry Tangeman in a release.

Area residents who have any information about this incident or other drug activity, should call the Sidney Police Department at 498-2351 or Crime Stoppers at 492-8477 (TIPS).

Sidney, Piqua, Secret Service officers involved

Staff report