REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – Reynoldsburg police chief Jim O’Neill confirms a veteran officer was arrested on duty this morning by federal agents.
Office Tye Downard faced a federal judge this morning on drug charges. Downard has worked for Reynoldsburg Police for more than 20-years and is a veteran member of the DEA Task force. He is also a member of the Reynoldsburg P.D. SWAT team.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says Downard allegedly made more than 20 deliveries of narcotics between October 2015 and February 2016, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana and Percocet pills.
It is alleged that, on 21 occasions between October 2015 and February 2016, Downard delivered drugs to an individual to sell. The complaint further alleges that Downard seized blue-and-white Percocet pills during a search warrant and provided blue-and-white Percocet pills to the individual to sell two days later.
Likewise, Downard was involved in the execution of a search warrant that yielded several green glass canning-style jars containing harvested marijuana buds. The next day, Downard allegedly provided the individual with four green glass canning-style jars containing harvested marijuana buds.
Possession with intent to distribute controlled substances is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.