An Upper Sandusky man was arrested Wednesday during a drug raid on a marijuana grow operation on Linn Hipsher Road north of Marion, according to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.
William S. Rimmer, 37, of Upper Sandusky, was arrested at 1841 Linn Hipsher Road after members of the MARMET Drug Task Force and Marion County Sheriff's Office carried out a search warrant at the residence north of Marion, according to a press release issued by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.
Several others were detained at the Linn Hipsher Road property and questioned, the release says. Charges are pending against the others, according to the release.
The Linn Hipsher raid was one of three raids carried out Wednesday in Crawford, Marion and Wyandot counties, all stemming from an investigation of marijuana growing facilities that began in Wyandot County and extended into Marion and Crawford counties, according to the release. More than 250 marijuana plants were seized as a result of all three raids, the release says.
Law enforcement officers could be seen going in and out of a garage to the east of the house at 1841 Linn Hipsher Road, wearing gloves and carrying out evidence. At that location, law enforcement officials found 84 marijuana plants, a little over four grams of cocaine and marijuana wax, according to the release.
Law enforcement also carried out search warrants at 325 Norse St. in Bucyrus and at 341 W. Wyandot Ave. in Upper Sandusky, according to the release. Law enforcement found marijuana and marijuana wax at both residences, including 184 marijuana plants and a "large amount" of marijuana in the drying process at the Upper Sandusky house, where Rimmer lived, the release says.
Rimmer is being held in the Wyandot County Jail on a $75,000 cash bond, according to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office. He was charged in Upper Sandusky Municipal Court with one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony, said Wyandot County Prosecutor Doug Rowland. Rowland said the matter is still under investigation and additional charges were pending.
Rimmer does not have a criminal record in Marion County. He was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business in 2003 in Upper Sandusky Municipal Court, but does not appear to have any other criminal history in Wyandot County, according to online court records.
Originally published in the Marion Star on March 15, 2018.