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 Release Date: September 4, 2013
Piqua Police Department - Media Release Number: 13MR08
Drug Arrest

Piqua Police Department

Piqua Police Department

On Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013 a controlled drug buy/bust operation was conducted in a joint operation between the Piqua Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Information had been gathered to indicate a subject was selling Hashish and this subject agreed to meet near a local retail center to conduct the transaction. At 3:11 p.m. the subject did meet and sell Hashish to an undercover Officer. The subject was stopped and apprehended in the parking lot. A search of his vehicle resulted in finding a loaded .25 cal. pistol and more Hashish and Marijuana. MCSO also conducted a search warrant at his residence.

Arrested was:

AUSTIN L. COVAULT age 18 of 40 E. Snodgrass Rd. Piqua Ohio. He was charged with Trafficking in Drugs (F5) and Carrying a Concealed Weapon (F4) and incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. Additional charges are pending.

Covault had his clothes in his car as he was leaving to head to Milwaukee Wisconsin where he had a court date of 9/4/13 for a felony “Possession with Intent-THC(>200-1000g)”. That charge originated on Aug. 9, 2013.

Public information contributed to decisions made by investigators in conducting this operation and affecting this arrest. We appreciate the continued willingness of the public to provide us with information, along with their patience as we work to investigate and prosecute individuals and groups based on the information.

Media Contact: Bruce Jamison, Chief, 937-778-2027
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