(8-18-200 On August 15, 2020, that Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a search warrant at 22384 Carpenter Road, Delphos. Tthe search warrant was the result of an investigation into alleged underage consumption/drug activity at the property.
Sheriff Riggenbach stated his office had received numerous complaints about illegal activity taking place at this property. At the time, the search warrant was executed a party of approximately 150-200 people were found on the property, along with multiple vehicles. Alcoholic beverages and evidence of drug use were present in the building where the party was taking place.
Deputies identified more than 90 underage persons under the influence of alcohol. Several of them were juveniles under the age of 18. Deputies conducted portable breath tests and field sobriety tests on the individuals. A large number of attendee’s over the age of 21 were identified and released.
Items taken for evidentiary purposes during the search of the property:
1. A moderate amount of suspected Marijuana
2. Suspected LSD/Acid
3. Suspected dabs
4. Suspected Shrooms
5. THC vapes & cartridges
6. Edible THC products
7. Suspected drug proceeds
8. Nicotine vapes & pods
9. 2 Handguns with loaded magazines
The investigation is continuing, and all charges will be sent to the law director for review. Additional people may be charged during the investigation.
A nuisance abatement letter would be sent to the property owner to make him 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. A nuisance abatement letter directs property owner to take action in the hopes of abating any future illegal activity. 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 underage consumption/drug activity parties 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 www.vanwertcountysheriff.com and click on the “Submit a Crime Tip” link. Anyone reporting information can remain anonymous.
Citizens can also report information on 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.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Van Wert Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.