UPD drug search warrants lead to indictments


By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com



A grand jury returned indictments against five people last week connected to two cases where the Urbana Police Division served multiple drug search warrants last month.

On Jan. 23 and 24, Urbana police served drug-related search warrants resulting in the discovery of drugs at local residences.

Jason M. Karg and Amanda M. Neer were both indicted last Thursday in connection to a search warrant conducted at 667 E. Court St., on Jan. 23.

The case started as the result of an on-foot pursuit involving day-shift officers chasing Karg, who had multiple outstanding active arrest warrants on him. The chase began after an officer observed Karg in the 600 block of Scioto Street and called for on-duty units to assist in getting him into custody.

As officers converged on the area, Karg began running from them and ran back to his residence of 667 E. Court St. While searching for Karg at the home, officers observed evidence of drug abuse.

As a result of a search warrant, police recovered evidence of cocaine, heroin, prescription medications Suboxone, Oxycodone, Trazodone, as well as marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

Karg, 35, was indicted for two counts of possession of heroin and one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of drugs, possessing drug abuse instruments, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and aggravated possession of drugs.

His bond was established at $10,000 on Friday and he is expected to be in court on Monday.

During their search police also found Neer at the residence. She had active outstanding warrants for a pending arrest.

Neer, 28, of 4099 state Route 559, Urbana, was indicted on one count each of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of drugs, possessing drug abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her bond was also established at $10,000 on Friday and she is expected to be in court next on Wednesday.

Three indicted for drug possession

In a separate case, Josiah D. Thrasher, Shawn M. Blackburn and Cecil R. Farmer were indicted in relation to a case from Jan. 24.

Day shift officers were investigating a disturbance over a reported theft of drugs case at 225 Logan St., Lot 52, on Jan. 24 when they brought in two men to the police division to be interviewed. While being interviewed, the two men began experiencing severe medical issues.

Both men were transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital before being moved to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.

Using information gathered from the interviews of the two men, police sought a search warrant for 127 1/2 N. Main St. During their search, police interviewed a resident found inside the home at the time of the raid and recovered evidence of methamphetamine and prescription pills inside the residence.

As a result of the raid, Farmer, 56, of 127 1/2 N. Main St., Urbana, was indicted for two counts each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse and one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

The grand jury indictment contends that Farmer provided methamphetamine to Blackburn and Thrasher, permitting them to use the drug in his apartment.

Farmer is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on Feb. 17.

Thrasher, 23, of 225 Logan St., Urbana, was indicted for one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin, possessing drug abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was established at $20,000 on Friday.

Blackburn, 24, of 4099 state Route 559, Mechanicsburg, was indicted for one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin, possessing drug abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

By Nick Walton

nwalton@civitasmedia.com

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.