Caleb Phillips

(9-24-18) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced the arrest of a local man on drug charges. Sheriff Riggenbach said Caleb J. Phillips (18) of Van Wert, was arrested for Possession of Cocaine, a Felony of the 5th degree.

Sheriff Riggenbach stated the arrest was made following the execution of a search warrant. The search warrant was obtained by deputies and executed at 8597 Boroff Road, in Ridge Township, on Friday September 21st. Sheriff Riggenbach advised there were 8 people on the property when the search warrant was executed. All of the people were identified and 7 of the 8 people were released.

As a result of the search warrant, the following items were seized for evidentiary purposes:

  • Moderate amount of suspected Cocaine.
  • Moderate amount of suspected Marijuana.
  • Cash
  • Cell Phone
  • Digital Scales
  • Miscellaneous Drug Paraphernalia

Sheriff Riggenbach said Caleb J. Phillips was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where he is being held pending an arraignment hearing in Van Wert Municipal Court on Monday September 24th.

Sheriff Riggenbach stated the investigation is continuing and additional charges may 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. Sheriff Riggenbach 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.