PIQUA — Piqua police arrested four people after executing a drug-related search warrant at 312 Pinewood Ave. on Thursday. Two children were also present during the alleged drug activity.
The search warrant was prompted after William D. Dewberry, 25, of Trotwood, was reportedly caught selling suspected drugs to a confidential informant twice from that residence, according to Miami County Municipal Court records. The suspected drug buys occurred in December, and the samples Piqua police collected were tested at the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab after a “small sample field tested positive for the presence of cocaine.”
Dewberry was charged Thursday with two counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking in drugs for having allegedly “sold cocaine to a confidential informant during a controlled buy,” according to Miami County Municipal Court records. The records state that Dewberry denied selling cocaine and claimed he was “just sitting in the car with his friends smoking marijuana.”
Dewberry is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $20,000 bond.
After Dewberry was detained, Piqua police conducted the search warrant at the residence. They reportedly recovered a plastic baggie containing a white powder substance, a glass plate with a white chunky substance on it, two glass pipes, a baby food jar converted into a suspected cocaine pipe, and a box containing two spoons and two pairs of burnt pliers.
A small amount of each of the white substances reportedly tested positive for cocaine.
Those items recovered were allegedly found in the bedroom of resident Bernadette S. Boettiger, 38. Boettiger was charged with fourth-degree felony trafficking in drugs and is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $5,000 bond.
Resident Coraliss A. Preston was also charged with two counts of first-degree misdemeanor child endangering and fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse in connection with this incident. Preston was reportedly charged with child endangering due to her grandchildren living in the residence and being present during the alleged drug activity.
Matthew Reedy was also charged during the incident for violating a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor. Preston was the protected party, according to Miami County Municipal Court records.
Dewberry, Boettiger, Preston, and Reedy were arraigned Friday. Preston and Reedy were released on their own recognizance. Preliminary hearings for Dewberry, Boettiger, and Preston are scheduled for Wednesday.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall