Suspects Face Drug Charges

CELINA — Several suspects are facing charges in connection with a drug bust and raid on a party last Saturday night.

The investigation began when the Celina Police Department received a complaint of suspicious activity at a motel room in the America’s Best Value Inn. Officers checked the registered occupant of the room and began observing the area.  

A vehicle belonging to the room’s registered occupant was located on Eat Market Street, where it was stopped near the intersection of Ohio 703.  Lonnie Spence, 21, 104 1/2 Haig St., Celina, was a rear seat passenger.   The Celina Police Department K-9 Ted checked the vehicle and alerted for the presence of drugs. The vehicle and passengers were checked.  

A small amount of marijuana was allegedly found in the car. Spence was also allegedly found to be in possession of more than 30 grams of heroin, was held on a felony of the second degree. Danny Steen was wanted on a probation violation and was held. A third passenger, Jeremy Sholler, 22, was held on a parole violation. The driver of the car was not held.

Officers then moved to the motel room that Spence had rented. There they found three female subjects. There was marijuana, pills including the prescription drug Percocet, and heroin found in the motel room, along with a 22 caliber handgun.

Two of the female suspects were juveniles, 15 and 16. No information is being released on those suspects, but the report is being sent to the Mercer County Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office for the consideration of charges. The juvenile suspects were not held.  

The third female, Alecksa Howell, 18, was charged with illegal possession of a prescription drug, (Percocet).  She was also held in the Mercer County Jail. The case is being reviewed and suspected substances tested. Additional charges are expected to be filed at a later date.