HIT, Task Force Make Drug Arrests

Staff Writer

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced Wednesday the HIT team (Heroin Interdiction Team) and the Mercer-Auglaize County Drug Task Force made several arrests within the last 24 hours.
At approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, a subject later identified as Thomas Dean Phillips Jr., 48, of Spencerville, was stopped for a traffic violation. During the stop, a K-9 alerted on the vehicle, and Phillips was found to be in possession of approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine. Phillips was arrested for possession of drugs and held at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on a $100,000.00 bond.
Also arrested was Stephen E. Lawson, 26, of Celina. Lawson was arrested resulting from a controlled buy of narcotics from him at a local business parking lot. He was found to be in possession of 39 bindles of heroin. He was arrested for trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs and is being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000.00 bond. Seized was a 2004 Ford F150 truck and $1,278. That arrest led to a local hotel, where additional suspected heroin, marijuana and cash were located, along with assorted drug paraphernalia. Additional charges against other individuals are being reviewed.