Campbell and Williams

08/19/2021 – Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced the arrest of 2 men for Drug Charges on Wednesday August 18th. The arrests were the result of a short term investigation. Arrested by deputies were James Campbell (42) of Van Wert, and Jim Williams (62) of Van Wert. Both men have been charged with Trafficking in Drugs a Felony of the 3rd Degree. The two men were transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where they are being held until an arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court. Deputies recovered over 40lbs. of suspected Marijuana.

The investigation is continuing and additional criminal charges may be filed at a later date. 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 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 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.