Brandon S. Turner was arrested Tuesday night after he was found to be in possession of the drug “bath salts.” (Submitted photo)
Brandon S. Turner was arrested Tuesday night after he was found to be in possession of the drug “bath salts.” (Submitted photo)

VAN WERT — A Sidney, Ohio man was arrested by Van Wert Police after he was found in possession of a bulk amount of the drug known as “bath salts.”

Brandon S. Turner, 28, was arrested by officers of the Van Wert City Police Department Tuesday night after he was found to be in possession of a bulk amount of bath salts.

According to Van Wert Police, an investigation discovered that Turner was bringing a large amount of the drug from Sidney to Van Wert. Officers confirmed that Turner had arrived and a confidential informant was able to make a purchase from him.

Officers later located Turner’s vehicle and made a traffic stop in the 200 block of N. Cherry St. at 11:12 p.m. Turner was arrested after he was found to have approximately 20 grams of bath salts and drug abuse instruments.



Turner was charged with third-degree felony drug possession, fourth-degree felony drug trafficking, and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Van Wert Municipal Court Thursday morning.

Meanwhile in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday, Robert Stoller, 31, Van Wert, signed a waiver of speedy trial in open court and will request a continuance of his jury trial for endangering children which is scheduled to begin March 31.

Also in court Wednesday, Kaitlin Russell, 18, Delphos, pleaded not guilty to corrupting another with drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. She was released on bond with a pretrial set for March 12.

Ryan Miller, 24, Van Wert, admitted to violating the terms of his treatment in lieu of conviction program by failing to report to probation and by failing to complete counseling. Sentencing is set for April 16.

Nicholas Bendele, 31, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony drug possession. He faces up to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced on April 16.

Trey Eberle, 29, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession. A fifth-degree felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for his guilty plea. Eberle was then granted treatment in lieu of conviction, and he was given one year to complete his treatment program.

Tyler Kast, 21, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony vandalism. Sentencing for Kast will be April 16.

April Franklin, 32, Bryan, was sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit given for 40 days already served. She was found guilty of trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance, a felony of the fifth degree. Also as part of her sentence, Franklin must serve an additional 30 days in jail, give up her drivers license for six months, perform 200 hours of community service, pay $40 restitution to the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force and pay fees and court costs. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Dale Wright, Jr. 21, Van Wert, was sent to the WORTH Center in Lima for up to six months as part of three years of community control. Wright was found guilty of fifth-degree felony illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon into a school safety zone. Wright must also serve 30 days in jail, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay fees and court costs. A nine-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.