Celina man held on $1M bond in after drug bust

Scott Stein is being held on a $1 million bond after a drug investigation in Mercer County. (Photo: Mercer County Sheriff's Office)

CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Mercer County Sheriff said Friday a Celina man is being held on a bond of one million dollars after more than three pounds of meth were discovered.

Scott Stein, 46 was arrested in the early morning hours Thursday after a 16-month investigation, according to Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.

Grey said Friday morning Stein had been known to his office for some time and investigators were waiting to arrest him until they had a strong case and found him with drugs in his control.

Thursday’s arrest stemmed from a traffic stop made by Botkins Police Wednesday morning where they found 44 grams of crystal methamphetamine that was traced back to Stein.

With that discovery and information from the 16-month investigation, Grand Lake Drag Task Force Deputies obtained a “no knock” search warrant for a home in the 700 block of South Elm Street in Celina.

Deputies entered the home at 12:25 a.m. and Sheriff Grey apologized to anyone who may have heard a loud bang at the time. Grey said this was necessary to assure safe entry by law enforcement. Stein was taken into custody without incident.

Inside the home, investigators say they found three grams of a white powder that tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia. Information found at the home led investigators to an apartment linked to Stein on West Market Street in Celina. Deputies found a safe and a gun inside the apartment. Inside the safe investigators found another gun.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted to a car that belonged to a third party. Police searched that vehicle and found two more guns and crystal methamphetamine.

Sheriff Grey said in total, investigators found three grams of cocaine, 4 firearms and three and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine worth over $150,000.

Grey said Stein is considered a major distributor of crystal methamphetamine in Mercer County and surrounding counties. Stein is currently in the Mercer County jail on charges of possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs and two unrelated warrants.

Stein appeared in Mercer County Court Friday and is being held on $1,000,000 bond. The case is being reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and more charges may be approved.

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