VAN WERT — A Fort Jennings man taken into custody Tuesday during the execution of a search warrant in rural Van Wert County was turned over to Putnam County authorities following his arrest.
Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach said deputies executed a search warrant on a property at 21092 U.S. 224 that resulted in drugs and weapons being confiscated. Wesley A. Endicott was arrested on the warrant from Putnam County for two counts of aggravated felony possession of methamphetamine. During the arrest of Endicott, deputies obtained information at the scene that enabled a search warrant related to drug activity to be obtained for the property. Riggenbach advised that a number of items were seized under the search warrant for evidentiary purposes, including suspected methamphetamine, multiple firearms, suspected drug paraphernalia and suspected liquid narcotics.
Also arrested at the scene were Christopher Kirk, 32, of Van Wert; Jessica Antoine, 27, of Continental; and Michael Scarbrough, age 60, of Van Wert. Each was charged with obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. Riggenbach said the investigation into the drug activity is continuing and additional charges may be filed.
The sheriff said a nuisance abatement letter will be sent to the property owner to make him/her aware of what occurred on the property. Riggenbach said the law allows for the seizure of property if the owner permits illegal activity to continue.
Riggenbach asked anyone who has information on drug activity to 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.