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VAN WERT — A traffic stop led Van Wert County Sheriff’s deputies to three pounds of what is believed to be marijuana in a car and another stash inside a Van Wert home.

According to Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach, it all began when a deputy made a traffic stop for a speeding violation on Monday. During the stop, the Sheriff’s Office K-9, Kane, gave a positive alert for drugs on the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located about three pounds of suspected pot.

The driver of the car, Joshua D. Roberts, 31, Van Wert was cited for speed and was taken to the Sheriff’s Office to be questioned about the suspected marijuana. A call was made to the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force who met with Roberts. The task force obtained a search warrant for the home at 706 Elm St. in Van Wert. That search turned up another moderate amount of suspected marijuana and a moderate quantity of drug paraphernalia.

According to Riggenbach, several adults and small children were present at the residence when the search was made.

The only charge filed as of Tuesday evening was the speeding citation against Roberts, however Riggenbach noted that the investigation is still under way and additional charges may yet be filed.

Riggenbach appealed to anyone with information on drug activity or other crimes to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 238-3866 or online at Then number for Van Wert County Crime Stoppers is another option for reporting criminal activity at (419) 238-STOP. Anyone reporting information can remain anonymous.

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force is comprised of agents from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department, and several state and federal agencies. The task force operates in a multi-county area to combat drugs and major crimes.