PIQUA — A wanted man was taken into custody at a residence on South Street on Sunday afternoon in connection with an alleged human trafficking case.
The suspect was Marsuan Conley, 36, who was not from the Piqua area and was listed as being at-large. Other former addresses list Conley as being from Dayton. Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department said it was unknown as to why Conley was in Piqua.
“The Piqua Police Department on Sunday, April 24, assisted local FBI in arresting Marsuan Conley,” Grove said. “It was determined he was at 921 South Street.”
Officers closed down a portion of South Street and surrounded the home before Conley was talked into surrendering without incident.
“Local officers were able to communicate with Conley inside the residence, and he came out when he was taken into custody,” Grove said.
The Piqua Police Department and the FBI did not comment on Conley’s charges, but Conley is currently facing federal coercion and trafficking charges in connection with a prostitution case involving a minor.
Conley is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail with no bond pending a detention hearing. After being arrested in Piqua on Sunday, he was transported to the Montgomery County Jail. On Monday, he was released to the U.S. Marshal’s Office to make his initial court appearance Monday in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio.
The incident happened on April 7 at the Days Inn motel on Miller Lane in Butler Township. Details are limited because the case is still under investigation.
Butler Township detectives began the investigation on April 8.
“We worked with the FBI and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office’s Human Trafficking Unit on this case, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office approved federal charges against Conley,” said Butler Township Police Lt. Chris Guthrie.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records indicate that Conley has multiple felony convictions including multiple convictions for possession of cocaine, a conviction of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, and a 2008 conviction for trafficking in cocaine, intimidation of a crime victim, possession of criminal tools and aggravated menacing.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court records also indicate there is a case still listed as open in the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Second District, Montgomery County in reference to a rape reportedly committed when Conley was 17 years old. The victim was reportedly 16 years old and raped by multiple male juveniles. The appeal was filed in July 1998.
Michael Ullery, Sam Wildow, and Darrell Wacker contributed to this story.