Christopher M. Caldwell
Christopher M. Caldwell

(3-26-18) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announce deputies recovered a moderate amount of Methamphetamine while on a traffic stop. Sheriff Riggenbach said that on 03/24/2018 a deputy stopped a vehicle in Hoaglin Township for multiple traffic violations. During the course of the stop, the Sheriff’s Office K-9 conducted an open air sniff of the vehicle. The K-9 gave an alert for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Sheriff Riggenbach during the search of the vehicle, deputies located items commonly used in the sale and possession of illegal drugs, material believed to be illegal drugs, and a moderate amount of suspected Methamphetamine.

The driver of the vehicle, Christopher M. Caldwell, age 29, of Van Wert, was arrested for OVI a misdemeanor of the 1st degree, and Aggravated Possession of Drugs a Felony of the 3rd degree. A passenger in the vehicle was not charged and was released.

Caldwell was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where he was being held pending an arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court. Sheriff Riggenbach advised that the investigation is continuing in this incident and additional charges could be filed.

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.

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

Investigators with the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force assisted with this 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 and Federal Agencies. The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force operates within a multi-county area to combat drugs and major crimes.