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Felon accused of stashing handgun, drugs, money in ceiling

December 12, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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Marshall Grimes of Columbus, Ohio, charged with having stolen pistol, cocaine in Butler.

A felon is accused of stashing a stolen handgun, cocaine and nearly $13,000 in currency in the ceiling of a Butler apartment.

Butler County Drug Task Force detectives on Tuesday arrested Marshall A. Grimes, 39, of Columbus, Ohio, at gunpoint upstairs at the apartment on the 100 block of South Main Street.

Grimes is being held in the Butler County Prison on $750,000 bail.

Chief county Detective Tim Fennell, who heads the task force, described Grimes as a “significant” drug dealer.

Butler police were initially called around 2:10 p.m. for a report of a man who had pulled a gun on his girlfriend. The caller identified the man as “Marshall,” according to court documents.

That name was familiar to county task force officers who had been investigating Grimes for several months for suspected drug trafficking, specifically crack cocaine, at two different apartments in the same building on South Main Street, Fennell said Wednesday.

During its investigation, documents said, the task force learned from Columbus police that the defendant was considered “armed and dangerous.”

Find out what happened during the drug raid in Thursday’s Butler Eagle.

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