PIQUA — A local drug house was “taken down” on Friday, Nov. 2, 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 he 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.
Piqua Police are continuing their investigation.