John Crawford


A Michigan man was recently arraigned in Henry County Common Pleas Court on multiple drug trafficking charges.

John Crawford, 37, of Sand Creek pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, all first-degree felonies; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs and two counts of trafficking in fentanyl-related compounds, all second-degree felonies; and one count of trafficking in fentanyl, a fourth-degree felony.

Bond was set at $500,000, and a pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

Crawford was indicted late last year on the charges, along with Tyler Abston and Vicki Witmer, who recently also pleaded not guilty.

Authorities allege from Sept. 12 through Oct. 22, Abston, Witmer and Crawford participated in an enterprise and conducted a pattern of corrupt activity, including possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs and trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound.

The indictment details four incidents where a confidential informant allegedly purchased drugs from one or multiple people involved in the case, including an 8-ball of CHI — which is a combination of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl — and approximately 2 ounces of methamphetamine Sept. 12 at a location in Lyons; 174.56 grams of methamphetamine and 11.88 grams of fentanyl Sept. 18 in Napoleon; 165.43 grams of methamphetamine and 13.12 grams of fentanyl Oct. 10 in Napoleon; and 167.3 grams of methamphetamine and 83.23 grams of heroin in Napoleon.

The indictment against Crawford also alleges he sold or offered to sell methamphetamine and fentanyl, both schedule II controlled substances, Sept. 13 and Sept. 18 and a fentanyl-related compound, a schedule II controlled substance, and methamphetamine Oct. 10.


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