Two Dayton men allegedly trafficking drugs while at the Fayette County YMCA Wednesday afternoon were tracked down by Sheriff’s Office detectives - leading to a physical altercation inside the YMCA and the ultimate arrest of the two suspects.
At around 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, FCSO detectives received information that two unidentified men were trafficking drugs at the YMCA, located at 100 Civic Drive. “Plain clothes” detectives responded to investigate and saw the men “engaged in suspicious activity,” according to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.
During surveillance, detectives observed one of the men meet with unidentified people in two different vehicles in the parking lot of the YMCA, and witnessed exchanges between them. Following the exchanges, the man went back into the YMCA building, Stanforth said.
Plain clothes detectives entered the YMCA building to continue surveillance of the men when detectives encountered them in the common area outside of the gymnasium. The detectives identified themselves as law enforcement officers and ordered the two men to the ground.
At this time, the man identified as Keenan Dequan Lee, 22, took a combative stance with detectives and resisted arrest, said Stanforth. Lee was taken to the ground by force at gunpoint by detectives after repeated orders for Lee to comply failed, and he was observed placing his hands inside his jacket.
“Continuing to resist and becoming further combative, Lee was secured by detectives with the assistance of a YMCA employee without further incident,” said Stanforth.
The second man, identified as Regis D.J. Motley, Jr., 22, was ordered to the ground and complied without resistance. An off-duty deputy at the YMCA assisted in the arrests.
From Lee, detectives reportedly recovered baggies of substances presumptively testing positive for cocaine and heroin. A baggie containing a substance presumptively testing positive for marijuana was recovered from Motley, according to Stanforth. An undisclosed amount of cash was also recovered from Lee during his arrest.
Lee and Motley were both taken to the Fayette County Jail where they were incarcerated. Lee has been charged with possession of crack cocaine (felony), possession of heroin (felony), and resisting arrest. Motley has been charged with possession of marijuana.
Both men are scheduled to appear in Washington C.H. Municipal Court on Thursday to answer to the charges.