VAN WERT — Three people were arrested and a fourth was already in custody as the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force served the paperwork from indictments handed down by the Van Wert County Grand Jury on Friday.

The four were reportedly charged due to an undercover drug investigation made by the task force. Arrested were Joshua D. Roberts, 32, Van Wert; Elizabeth Roberts, 26, Van Wert; and Ruby Hollingsworth, 55, Van Wert. Also indicted was Elmeco Crisp, 38, who is in the Mercer County Jail. The other three were taken to the Van Wert County Jail where they will await arraignment in Common Pleas Court, probably on Wednesday.

Joshua D. Roberts was charged with three fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in marijuana and one third-degree felony count of trafficking in marijuana. Elizabeth Roberts faces two counts of complicity in trafficking in marijuana, each a felony of the fourth degree. Hollingsworth is charged with three counts of third-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs. Crisp is charged with trafficking in drugs within the vicinity of a juvenile, a felony of the fourth degree.



Riggenbach noted that during the course of the investigation several pounds of marijuana as well as fentanyl patches were sold. Riggenbach stated his office and the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force will continue to aggressively investigate all reported drug activity in Van Wert County. Sheriff Riggenbach is asking the public to continue to provide the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office with information on drug activity or other criminal activity. The office can be reached at (419) 238-3866 or at www.vanwertcountysheriff.com or through Crime Stoppers at (419) 238-STOP.

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force consists of investigators from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and several state and federal agencies.