The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor

Those arrested in connection with a drug roundup in Van Wert County include (top row, from the left) Kelly Branson, Matthew Foehl, Jacquelyn Forthman, and Bethany Wreath; (bottom row) Taylor Lautzenheiser, James Partin and Shawn Thomas. (VWSO photos)

Those arrested in connection with a drug roundup in Van Wert County include (top row, from the left) Kelly Branson, Matthew Foehl, Jacquelyn Forthman, and Bethany Wreath; (bottom row) Taylor Lautzenheiser, James Partin and Shawn Thomas. (VWSO photos)

Seven people have been arrested on 18 separate drug-related charges as a result of a Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

Those arrested, and the charges against them, are as follows:

  • Taylor L. Lautzenheiser, 21, of Rockford, two counts of trafficking in heroin.
  • Shawn M. Thomas, 28, of 10052 Lincoln Highway, Apt. 6, two counts of trafficking in prescription drugs.
  • Kelly Branson, 45, of 403 N. Walnut St., two counts of trafficking in prescription drugs, with a school specification.
  • Matthew P. Foehl, 28, of rural Convoy, two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin.
  • Bethany A. Wreath, 23, of 323 N. Race St., two counts of trafficking in morphine, with a child specification, and one count each of trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance and trafficking in heroin.
  • Jacquelyn M. Forthman, 24, of Ohio City, two counts of trafficking in heroin.
  • James F. Partin, 40, of Ohio City, two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin.

One other person has been indicted on five drug-related counts, but has not been located at the present time.

On October 4, deputies from Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach’s department and officers from the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force conducted a large drug-related roundup. Several felony indictments were served on the above area residents, with eight people indicted by the Van Wert County Grand Jury on 23 charges overall.

Drug-related offenses continue to be investigated by the sheriff’s office and crime task force. Anyone with information on drug activity can contact the sheriff’s office at 419.238.3866 or access the department’s website at www.vanwertcountysheriff.com and click on the “submit a crime tip” link to remain anonymous.

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force is comprised of officers from the Van Wert, Paulding and Allen County sheriff’s offices, Lima and Delphos police departments, and officers from several state and federal agencies.

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