Preble County traffic stop turns up pills; home search yields suspected meth

A 34-year-old Preble County man remains in jail on felony drug charges involving possession of suspected meth, mushrooms and chemicals commonly used to make meth found in his bedroom by a parole officer.

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Daniel Taulbee was taken into custody Aug. 15 during a traffic stop in the 400 block of South Spring Street in New Paris, according to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office.

A K-9 alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search turned up prescription pills the driver had no prescription for.

The driver was known to have a suspended Ohio driver’s license, according to the sheriff’s office.

Information about the traffic stop was relayed to Taulbee’s parole officer, who went to Taulbee’s residence and searched the man’s bedroom.

That search turned up $1,359 in cash and more than 3 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, mushrooms, digital scales, distribution baggies, chemicals commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine, Clonazepam, Gabapentin, Quentiapine Fumerate and Diazepam.

Deputies arrested Taulbee and the following charges were filed in Eaton Municipal Court: aggravated drug trafficking, aggravated drug possession and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs — all felonies — and misdemeanor drug possession.

Taulbee already was on parole for prior drug offenses, according to the sheriff’s office.

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