Cops find ‘drug enterprise’ in Ohio motel room

Mug shots of Damien Antione Smith and Mercedes Cheyenne Smith courtesy the Defiance County Sheriff's Department.

DEFIANCE, Ohio (WANE) – What started as an attempted traffic stop ended with police finding a drug operation being run out of motel room.

On Thursday, police in Defiance, Ohio tried to pull over a car driven by 26-year-old Damien Smith, from Detroit. Smith tried to speed away from the area, from Upton Street to Spruce Street. He ended up crashing into a fence at a home in the 1700 block of Hopkins Street.

Smith tried to run away from police, but was apprehended by a patrolman and K-9 with the Defiance Police Department. The passenger, 29-year-old Mercedes Cheyenne Smith, was also taken into custody after the crash.

Damien Smith was also wanted in Defiance County for parole violations. According to online court records, he pleaded guilty to intimidation of a witness in 2011.

Mercedes Cheyenne Smith was charged with possession of cocaine after police found a substantial amount of the drug. Police then got another warrant to search a room at the Napoleon Motor Inn at 179 East Maumee Avenue in Napoleon, Ohio. After searching the location, police believe the two suspects were using the spot to run their “drug enterprise.”

Multi Area Narcotics Task Force was assisted by the Defiance City Police Department, the Defiance City Police Department, Defiance County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio State Parole Authority, Napoleon Police Department, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. 

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