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Seven arrested on drug-related charges in Van Wert County PDF Print E-mail
Monday, October 07, 2013 12:00 AM

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VAN WERT COUNTY — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced the conclusion of a lengthy drug investigation. On Friday, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office and the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force conducted a large drug-related round up. Several felony indictments handed down by the October session of the Van Wert County Grand Jury were executed. There were eight indictments with a total of 23 charges returned by the Grand Jury.

As part of the investigation, the task force executed eight search warrants in Van Wert County with assistance from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office.

The following seven individuals have been arrested on 18 separate drug-related charges. The individuals are being held in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility:

— Taylor L Lautzenheiser, 21, Rockford, two counts of trafficking in heroin;

— Shawn M. Thomas, 28, of Van Wert, two counts of trafficking in prescription drugs;

— Kelly Branson, 45, Van Wert, two counts trafficking in prescription drugs with a school specification;

— Matthew P. Foehl, 28, Convoy, two counts trafficking in heroin and one count possession of heroin;

— Bethany A. Wreath, 23, Van Wert, two counts of trafficking in morphine with a child specification, one count trafficking in counterfeit controlled substance and one count trafficking in heroin;

 

— Jacquelyn M. Forthman, 24, Ohio City, two counts trafficking in heroin; and

— James F. Partin, 40, Ohio City, two counts trafficking in heroin and one count possession of heroin.

There is one individual that has been indicted on five drug-related charges but has not been arrested/located as of this date.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office and the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force continue to investigate drug related offenses in Van Wert County. Anyone with information on drug activity can contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office by calling 419-238-3866. Individuals can also use the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office website at www.vanwertcountysheriff.com and click on the “Submit a Crime Tip” link. People reporting information can remain anonymous.

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force is made up of officers from Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department, Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Delphos Police Department and multiple state and federal agencies.

Last Updated on Monday, October 07, 2013 3:57 PM
 

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