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Posted on: November 3, 2023

Narcotics Search Warrant Yields Nine Arrests

Sidney Police 1820

On Friday, November 3, 2023, at approximately 8:00 a.m. investigators from the Sidney Shelby Narcotics Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant at 1129 Hilltop Ave Apt C, Sidney Ohio. Due to elevated risk factors the warrant entry at the apartment was made by the Sidney-Piqua Tactical Response Team.  

Recovered during the search were suspected fentanyl, meth, drug paraphernalia and two handguns. Eleven people were found inside the residence, 9 of those were arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail on various drug related charges and active warrants.   

Arrested were as follows:

  • Tabitha Keller, age 23, Address 1129 Hilltop Apt C, Sidney.  Charged with one count of Weapons Under Disability a felony 3, Possession of Drugs a felony 5, and Possession of Criminal Tools a felony 5.
  • Fredrick Hilyard, age 32, Address at large.  Charged with one count of Possession of Drugs a felony 5, Possession of Criminal Tools a felony 5, and Felony Warrant. 
  • Lisa Melick, age 41, Address at large.  Charged with one count of Possession of Drugs a felony 5, Possession of Criminal Tools a felony 5, and Trafficking in Drugs a felony 4.
  • Jerry Cool, age 36, Address at large.  Charged with one count of Weapons Under Disability a felony 3, Possessing a Defaced Firearm a misdemeanor 1, Felony Warrant and Misdemeanor Warrant.  
  • Candice Smith, age 21, Address at large.  Charged with one count of Tampering with Evidence a felony 3, Obstructing Justice a misdemeanor 2, Possession of Drugs a felony 5, Possession of Criminal Tools a felony 5, and a three Misdemeanor Warrants.
  • Arthur Adkins, age 25, Address at large.  Charged with one count of Tampering with Evidence a felony 3, Possession of Drugs a felony 5, Possession of Criminal Tools a felony 5, and Obstructing Justice a misdemeanor 2.
  • Donald Behm, age 38, Address at large.  Misdemeanor Warrant.
  • Byron Sims, age 32, Address at large.  Charged with one count of Possession of Drugs a felony 5 and Possession of Criminal Tools a felony 5. 
  • Sean Balensiefer, age 44, Address at large.  Charged with one count of Possession of Drugs a felony 5 and Possession of Criminal Tools a felony 5.  

This warrant execution by the Sidney Shelby Narcotics Task Force is a combined effort of officers from the Sidney Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking in Shelby County. Information resulting in this warrant was derived in part from concerned citizens.  All citizens are asked that if they have any information about drug activity to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS) or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 937-498-1111.

Capt. J A Tangeman

Sidney P. D.


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