Clark County Sheriff Deputies, in conjunction with the Ohio State Patrol, Springfield Police and U.S. Marshals, conducted a crime blitz in Bethel Township and New Carlisle on Friday evening.
“It’s a proactive patrol,” said Major Andy Reynolds. “Meth and Heroin are all over the township, and we will be looking for them.”
This is the third such operation in Bethel Township.
The Ohio State Patrol and Sheriff’s Deputies made traffic stops, served warrants and tried to make underage alcohol buys.
“Our goal is to take the numbers from the three operations and present them to other townships throughout the county,” said Major Alan Cox, who helped spearhead the operations. “We would love to do this county-wide.”
As part of the blitz operation, Deputies and Marshals went to the 200 block of Stratmore St. to exercise a warrant against Dean Wiley. He hid in the house and law enforcement took nearly an hour to locate him and take him into custody.
“It’s about time,” said a resident of the neighborhood who did not wish to be identified. “For the past several years, there have been cars coming and going at all hours.”
The resident said that someone fired a shot at a vehicle from the home recently.
“The neighborhood doesn’t deserve this,” she said.
Wiley was arrested on a warrant and taken to the Bethel Township garage that served as the center of activity for the operation. He, along with two others, were taken to the Clark County Jail.
Individuals were cited at Marathon, Pizza Plus, J & R's Drive-Thru and Community Markets for furnishing alcohol to minors. The Ohio Investigative Unit attempted 10 underage buys and issued four citations.
Sheriff Deb Burchett said that she had opened the jail for all jailable offenses.
This story will be updated throughout the evening and the weekend as more facts come in.