Ten arrested on drug charges following arraignments in Auglaize County


WAPAKONETA — Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon on Monday released the names and charges against 10 people arrested Thursday following the execution of arrest warrants by the Grand Lake Task Force. Those arrested were indicted by a recent session of the grand jury in Auglaize County.

Solomon said the arrests were the result of a lengthy investigation by undercover officers with the task force. Other agencies involved in the cases and arrests include the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Auglaize County Prosecutor’s Office, Wapakoneta Police Department, St. Marys Police Department, Cridersville Police Department, New Bremen Police Department, Waynesfield Police Department, Celina Police Department, West Central Ohio Criminal Task Force and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. Some indictments are pending with additional arrests to come.

The investigations began in July 2019.

Some of the drugs involved included prescription pills, K-2 and Spice (synthetic marijuana), methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin.

Solomon stated he was “happy with the number of arrests and the hard work of the law enforcement officers.”

Arrested were:

Alexandrea R. Cooper, 29, Wapakoneta, four counts of trafficking in drugs;

Mary E. Widmark, 30, Sidney, two counts of trafficking in methamphetamines and one count of trafficking in fentanyl;

Megan M. Estes, 26, Lima, one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs and three counts of selling dangerous drugs;

Justin J. Beagle, 30, Lima, two counts selling dangerous drugs with a prior conviction;

Basenia R. Biederman, 44, St. Marys, two counts selling dangerous drugs and one count trafficking in drugs;

Austin M. Sheridan, 20, Wapakoneta, two counts trafficking in drugs;

Charles G. Miranda II, 27, Sidney, three counts trafficking in methamphetamines;

Shawn L. Robinson, Wapakoneta, 25, one count trafficking in methamphetamines;

Ray P. Ward, 27, Lima, four counts of trafficking in drugs;

Randall O. Barnett, 27, Kentucky, one count of possession of methamphetamines.

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