Reynoldsburg Police detective arrested on drug charges

Tye Downard

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– A Reynoldsburg police officer is facing federal charges of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

According to federal investigators, Tye L. Downard, 43, of Westerville made more than 20 deliveries of narcotics, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana and Percocet pills, between October 2015 and February 2016.

Court documents allege that Downard delivered drugs to an individual to sell on 21 different occasions.

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.

Reynoldsburg Police Chief Jim O’Neill says he was unaware of the federal investigation until after Downard’s arrest.

“I can’t find the words to describe what I’m feeling right now,” O’Neill said. “He’s well-liked, well-trusted, works with our training crew, works with our firearms training and defensive tactics training and a variety of other things and I was totally floored when I found about it.”

O’Neill said the department will initiate internal and external audits of policies and procedures “to find out if there’s a blind spot that were not seeing that we need to address.”

Possession with intent to distribute controlled substances is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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