Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced the indictment of 14 people on drug-related charges during this past Friday’s session of the County Grand Jury. The charges were the result of West Central Ohio Crime Task Force investigations into drug activity.
Of those indicted, 10 people were either arrested or served over the weekend. Those arrested include the following:
- Rodney F. Adams, 21, of Van Wert, two counts of trafficking in marijuana, both fifth-degree felonies.
- Danielle N. Johnson, 27, of Van Wert, one of count of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances within the vicinity of a school, a fourth-degree felony.
- Dion J. Kantner, 41, of Lima, three counts of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances and one count of trafficking in cocaine, all four charges being felonies of the fourth degree.
- Countez D. Kelly, 21, of Lima, one count possession of cocaine, a felony of the third degree.
- Charles H. Myers IV, 34, of Willshire, one count each aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felony offenses.
- Kasey L. Schisler, 26, of Van Wert, one count each of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in drugs, both felonies of the fifth degree; one count each of trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance and possession of heroin, both fourth-degree felonies; and two counts aggravated possession of drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree.
Four other people were summoned on the indictments. They include:
- Tiffany R. Dearing, 30, of Van Wert, one count aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree.
- Brandon L. Foust, 19, of Delphos, two counts of complicity to trafficking in marijuana, each a felony of the fifth degree.
- Joshua M. Minyoung, 31, of Van Wert, one count of trafficking in drugs within the vicinity of a school, a felony of the fourth degree.
- Bronson E. Pate, 33, of Van Wert, one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.
The sheriff said the remaining four people indicted on Friday on drug charges have not yet been served with their indictment.
Sheriff Riggenbach noted that the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force will continue to aggressively investigate all reported drug activity in Van Wert County, and asks the public to provide the sheriff’s office with information on suspected drug activity or other criminal activity.
People can provide information by calling the sheriff’s office at 419.238.3866 or by visiting the sheriff’s website at www.vanwertcountysheriff.com and clicking on the “submit a crime tip” link. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP to provide information.
Those providing information to either of the above entities can remain anonymous, Sheriff Riggenbach said.
The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force includes investigators from the Allen County, Van Wert County and Paulding County sheriff’s offices, the Lima Police Department and several state and federal agencies.