13 arrested for drug trafficking in early morning bust


DARKE COUNTY — Thirteen people are in custody following an early morning drug operation conducted by local law enforcement.

At approximately 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Union City, Ohio, Police Department executed arrest warrants on eight subjects with felony indictments for drug trafficking. This operation was a drug arrest roundup throughout Darke County, the City of Greenville, and Union City, Ohio.

Arrest warrants for more than 15 people have been issued on indictment for drug trafficking by the Darke County Grand Jury as presented by the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office. The indictments stem from more than six months of drug investigations by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Drug Investigation Unit. Charges on these indictments include trafficking in Fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

At least 10 of the cases involved trafficking in heroin. Ten of the subjects have prior criminal histories, with six of them being prior drug charges. It is important to note all of these indictments were for trafficking also known as dealing in drugs. Five subjects were already in jail on other charges at the time the warrants were issued.

By 8:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, an additional five subjects were apprehended by law enforcement. In all, 13 people are being held in jail pending arraignment on these indictments. Two additional subjects were arrested during this time on bench warrants unrelated to the trafficking cases and who happened to be present during the arrest of the others.

Those arrested in Darke County are being held in the Darke County Jail pending arraignment through the Darke County Court of Common Pleas. Arrests will continue until all those indicted are brought to justice.

Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer wants to send a strong message to drug dealers that this criminal activity will not be tolerated in our community. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office will continue to vigilantly enforce drug laws with the support of the citizens through out Darke County.

Following is the list of people arrested or already in jail at time of indictment:

  • Dakoda J. Gilbert, 21, Greenville
  • Keagan R. Fair, 27, Greenville
  • Kyllian M. McNutt, 24, Greenville
  • Timothy W. Spurlock, 49, Greenville
  • Rebecca S. Lamma, 57, Greenville
  • Taylor Swartz, 21, Greenville
  • Alexander P. VanHoose, 19, Greenville
  • Shaela N. Thompson, 25, Union City
  • Dustin C. Copp, 27, Greenville
  • Ryan S. Ruppe, 27, Greenville
  • Sierra T. Hill, 30, Union City
  • Lee F. Ware Sr., 47, Greenville
  • Amberly M. Williams, 26, Dayton

To report illegal drug activity, contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office by phone at 937-548-3399.








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