Somerville man arrested after traffic stop leads to drug discovery

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -



CAMDEN — A Somerville man remained in custody at the Preble County Jail at press time, following his arrest on Feb. 25 on several drug-related charges.

Brandon Prater, 24, faces charges including aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; possession of marijuana, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

According to Camden Police Chief Matt Spurlock, Prater was approached by Patrolman David Stemp at the BP gas station located at 201 W. Central Avenue in Camden, after Stemp initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle Stemp was driving.

“Stemp had run Prater’s registration and it had come back to a different vehicle,” Spurlock reported.

Stemp approached Prater and found out his driving privileges were suspended, Spurlock said.

“Patrolman Stemp located eight grams of methamphetamine on Prater’s person after he attempted to conceal this,” Spurlock noted. According to court documents, “a search incident to the arrest revealed an object in the suspect’s pants which the suspect claimed was a ‘body part;’” and that Prater ” was later seen hiding a small blue container in his waistband;” and Prater “admitted the contents of the container was methamphetamine.”

Court records state Prater also admitted he was “heading to Somerville to sell the meth to make some extra money.”

According to officers, the registration for the vehicle was also fictitious, and a search of the vehicle revealed a “significant amount of green leafy substance consistent with marijuana.”

Along with marijuana, multiple small baggies, scales and other paraphernalia items were located in the vehicle, according to Spurlock.


By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.