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10 from Wapak arrested in drug operation

June 5, 2012

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon

Seventeen people, including 10 from Wapakoneta, have been arrested on various drug charges after a five-month investigation by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.

In a news release this morning, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said 19 people have been indicted by an Auglaize County grand jury.

The busts covered a variety of hard drugs including the sale of heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, bath salts and prescription medications. Two vehicles were impounded and a substantial amount of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia was recovered.

“All drug sales are serious, but these were for heroin, bath salts, cocaine, and prescription medications, the more serious and addictive drugs,” Solomon said. “We keep working the drug problem in this county and we keep making arrests. Eventually the drug dealers will realize we are serious about getting rid of this problem.”

The arrests included Anthony Morningstar, 26, of Lima and formerly of Wapakoneta, for one count of trafficking in drugs, and Larry Morningstar, 49, of Wapakoneta, for four counts of trafficking in drugs.

The arrests also included Wilma Armer, 53, of Wapakoneta, for four counts of trafficking in drugs, one count of trafficking in heroin, and one count of trafficking in cocaine; Robert Knauth, 36, of Wapakoneta, for three counts of trafficking in drugs; James Meyers, 39, of Wapakoneta, for three counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of trafficking in drugs; Terri King, 39, of Wapakoneta, three counts of trafficking in drugs; and Zachariah Huddleston, 18, of Wapakoneta, for two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs.

Four others from Wapakoneta arrested during the sting included Dawn Schultz, 43, on four counts of trafficking in heroin; Jeffrey Miller, 40, on one count of trafficking in heroin; Joseph Koenig, 46, on two counts of trafficking in cocaine; and Joe Hunter, 50, on two counts of trafficking in drugs.

Two people from St. Marys were arrested including Junior Walden, 41, on four counts of trafficking in drugs, and Eric Garey, 27, on three counts of trafficking in drugs.

Two additional people from Lima were arrested including Kathy Focht, 49, on three counts of trafficking in drugs, and Courtney Vasser, 43, on four counts of trafficking in cocaine.

Rebecca Kohler, 43, of Celina, was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of trafficking in drugs, and Clyde Mertz, 51, of Indiana, was arrested on two counts of trafficking in heroin.

Law enforcement agencies involved with the arrests included the Auglaize County and the Mercer County sheriff’s offices, the Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Waynesfield and Celina police departments, the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force in Lima and the Wells County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office.

Solomon said other cases still remain under investigation and more arrests are expected.

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