A search warrant at 1405 Hazel Avenue in Lima netted resulted in over $128,000 U.S. currency, an electric commercial grade pharmaceutical pill press, approximately 11.5 kilograms of suspected fentanyl powder, approximately 3,200 suspected fentanyl pills, suspected crack cocaine, suspected marijuana, suspected acid, drug paraphernalia, electronic devices, multiple firearms and various narcotic manufacturing items.
A search warrant at 1405 Hazel Avenue in Lima netted resulted in over $128,000 U.S. currency, an electric commercial grade pharmaceutical pill press, approximately 11.5 kilograms of suspected fentanyl powder, approximately 3,200 suspected fentanyl pills, suspected crack cocaine, suspected marijuana, suspected acid, drug paraphernalia, electronic devices, multiple firearms and various narcotic manufacturing items.
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LIMA — In the late evening hours of Monday, July 13, and into the afternoon hours of Tuesday, July 14, a male subject known to authorities as Andrew Taylor, 39, was taken into custody. Taylor had been on the run for multiple years, utilizing numerous aliases, many altered identifications, and moving throughout the United States. Taylor also had multiple warrants in various states with his various aliases.

With the assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and other federal, state, and local agencies, information was gathered and surveillance was conducted by task force investigators, eventually locating Taylor at 1405 Hazel Avenue in Lima. A search warrant for Taylor’s person was obtained and with the assistance of Allen County Sheriff’s Office and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team, Lima Police Department, and agents from the FBI, the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force investigators served the warrant and Taylor was taken into custody without incident.

During the arrest, investigators located his pill processing facility on the property of 1405 Hazel Avenue resulting in an additional search warrant for the property.

The search at 1405 Hazel Avenue resulted in over $128,000 U.S. currency, an electric commercial grade pharmaceutical pill press, approximately 11.5 kilograms of suspected fentanyl powder, approximately 3,200 suspected fentanyl pills, suspected crack cocaine, suspected marijuana, suspected acid, drug paraphernalia, electronic devices, multiple firearms and various narcotic manufacturing items.

A separate search warrant was also issued for Taylor’s second known residence of 705 Michael Avenue in Lima. The search warrant was served again by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team, with the assistance of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department and the FBI.

The search warrant of 705 Michael Avenue resulted in numerous items of evidentiary value being located and seized. Those items were multiple firearms, two narcotic manufacturing presses, various narcotics, and electronic devices.

Taylor has been transferred into federal custody and is awaiting court proceedings as the investigation is ongoing. The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force would like to thank all agencies involved for their help during this investigation. The streets of Allen County and surrounding areas, are much safer as a result of this seizure and the amount of fentanyl and related items being removed from our community.

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Delphos Police Department.