VAN WERT – Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced a search warrant was executed at 610 S. Washington St. in Van Wert Tuesday night. Sheriff Riggenbach stated the search warrant was the result of an investigation by deputies, into possible drug activity at the residence. Sheriff Riggenbach advised that four people were found inside the residence when the search warrant was executed. The individuals were identified and released from the scene.

Items taken during the search of the residence for evidentiary purposes:

- Moderate amount of suspected methamphetamine

- Moderate amount of suspected heroin

- Large amount of syringes

- Several Cell phones and other digital devices

- Cash

Sheriff Riggenbach said the investigation is continuing and criminal charges may be filed at a later date.

Sheriff Riggenbach advised that a nuisance abatement letter will be sent to the property owner to make him/her aware of what occurred on this property. The purpose of the nuisance abatement letter is to make the property owner aware of alleged illegal activity occurring within the owner’s property. Sheriff Riggenbach stated the nuisance abatement letter directs property owners to take action in the hopes of abating any future illegal activity. Sheriff Riggenbach said the law does allow for the seizure of property, if the property owner knowingly permits illegal activity to continue within their property.

Sheriff Riggenbach asks anyone that has information on drug activity contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens with information can call 419-238-3866 or use the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office website at and click on the “Submit a Crime Tip” link. Anyone reporting information can remain anonymous. He stated his office will continue to aggressively pursue all drug tips that his office receives.

Citizens can also report information on other crimes by using the above options or by contacting Van Wert County Crime Stoppers at 419-238-STOP. Citizens can also remain anonymous when contacting Crime Stoppers.

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force and Allen County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team assisted in the investigation.

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force is comprised of officers from the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department and multiple State & Federal agencies. The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force operates within a multi county area to combat drugs and major crimes.