Authorities execute drug search warrant on Spring Street, two in custody

By Will Sanders

March 6, 2014

By Will E Sanders


PIQUA — An alleged drug dealer who was shot four times during a drug deal gone bad at Fountain Park in 2011 was taken into custody Thursday evening after authorities executed a search warrant at his Spring Street residence.

Michael W. Butts, 24, was taken into custody for felony drug trafficking and for several warrants, including ones for a probation violation and failure to appear in court for an assault charge. Other charges, police say, may be filed against Butts as the investigation continues.

Drug detectives spent hours at the home, where they say a “significant amount of marijuana, an undisclosed amount of cash and some prescription pill” containers were found.

Butts, along with another suspect, were led away from 600 Spring Street on Thursday evening after members of the Piqua Police Department served a search warrant at the residence. Also taken into custody for a warrant, but otherwise uncharged from Thursday’s search warrant, was Antoinne Catlin, 23, of Piqua. Catlin’s warrant was for littering.

Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison recognized how well-known Butts was to the community following a near-fatal shooting at Fountain Park on Dec. 5, 2011. On that night Butts was struck four times by a suspect who fled the scene, but was later caught.

He said the search warrant was made possible through tips from the community.

“Specifically about Michael Butts because of his history of being a victim of violence in a drug deal gone bad,” the chief said. “People were hopeful he would live his life differently, so they tend to call us and keep us informed on his activity.”

Butts’ would-be killer, Aaron Tubbs, then 28, was later captured by federal authorities in Indiana after the 2011 park shooting and was subsequently convicted of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, having a weapon while under disability and trafficking in drugs. In 2012, Tubbs was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

At Tubbs’ trial, Butts testified against Tubbs, telling a jury of 12 he “played dead so that (Tubbs) would stop shooting him” on the night of the shooting, which was over 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana and $1,600.

Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.