Mercer County Sheriff’s Office conduct traffic stop, seize narcotics


Celina— Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of an individual on drug related charges. Just after 3:30 PM, on Saturday, March 4, Deputy Spencer Heinl of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol when he observed suspicious activity in a parking lot in the area of Logan St and Walnut St in Celina. Shortly after, a traffic stop was conducted on Morton St with one of the involved vehicles for traffic violations. Stopped was Aaron P. Chapman, age 35, Celina, who was operating a gray electric powered bicycle.

Deputy Heinl’s K9 partner, Hex, then conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Prior to a search, Chapman took off running from the scene through residential yards and deputies were then in foot pursuit. As he was fleeing, he was seen throwing a baggie that was later recovered. Deputies Chase Kuhlman and Spencer Heinl caught up to him and took him in to custody in the area of Portland St, North of Logan St, in a parking lot. A search of the bicycle, its contents, and the recovered baggie found suspected drugs that preliminarily test presumptive positive for methamphetamines.

Chapman was transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Center where he was booked in for Possession of Methamphetamines a Felony of the Fifth Degree and is being held without bond.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Celina Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor Erin Minor. The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review of any additional charges.