Police say inmate that attacked officers also smuggled in drugs

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Police say inmate that attacked officers also smuggled in drugs

CELINA, Ohio (ADAMS) – Charges have now been filed in Mercer County after two incidents at the Mercer County Adult Detention facility in the past 10 days. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a man who attacked two corrections officers is the same man that brought fentanyl into the jail. On March 20, another inmate overdosed on the drugs.

Around 3:30 p.m., corrections officers responded to a housing area in the facility for an inmate, Joseph D. Meinerding, age 22, who was not breathing. Corrections staff administered CPR until Mercer County EMS arrived and transported Meinerding to Mercer Health. 6 dose of NARCAN were administered to Meinerding, reviving him and according to the sheriff, saving his life.

Zequiel E. Ahrns

Police believe Zequiel E. Ahrns, age 23, smuggled fentanyl into the facility upon his arrest on March 19. Ahrns has been charged with Illegal Conveyance of Drugs on to the Grounds of a Detention Facility, a felony of the 3rd degree, two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree, and one count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree. All related to this incident. Ahrns was being held on one count of burglary and one count of theft, prior to this incident. His bond on this case was set at $250,000.

Additionally, Ahrns was charged with two counts of kidnapping, 1st-degree felonies, two counts of Robbery, 2nd-degree felonies, one count of escape a 3rd-degree felony, and two counts of assault, 5th-degree felonies. Bond was set at $750,000.

The additional charges were filed for an incident the evening of March 25, 2019, when Mr. Ahrns violently attacked two corrections officers and took control of Tasers in an attempt to escape the facility. When officers from Celina Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, a corrections officer was able to convince Ahrns to put down the Tasers and she was able to handcuff Ahrns to bring him under control. The two corrections officers, one male, and one female were treated by medical staff at the detention facility and then transported to Mercer Health where they were treated and released. They are currently on medical leave due to this incident.