Tyler R. Abston and Vicki Witmer

A Henry County grand jury recently indicted three individuals on drug trafficking charges.

According to Henry County Prosecutor Gwen Howe-Gebers, Tyler Abston, Vicki Witmer and John Crawford were each indicted on one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony.

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.

In addition to the overall pattern of corrupt activity charge, Abston, 31, of Jackson, Michigan, was indicted on two counts of trafficking a fentanyl-related compound, both second-degree felonies; four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, three of which are first-degree felonies and one of which is a second-degree felony; one count of trafficking in heroin, a first-degree felony; and one count of aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, a fourth-degree felony.

Abston pleaded not guilty to the charges, and bond was set at $450,000. A pretrial hearing is set for 1:15 p.m. Dec. 18.

On Sept. 18, Abston allegedly sold or offered to sell fentanyl and methamphetamine, both schedule II controlled substances. On Oct. 10, Abston allegedly sold or offered to sell a fentanyl-related compound and methamphetamine, both schedule II controlled substances. On Oct. 22, Abston allegedly sold or offered to sell methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, and heroin, a schedule I controlled substance. On Sept. 13, Abston allegedly sold or offered to sell a fentanyl-related drug and methamphetamine, both schedule II controlled substances.

In addition to the overall pattern of corrupt activity charge, Witmer, 51, of Gladwin, Michigan, was also indicted for one count of trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, a first-degree felony; two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies; and one count of trafficking in heroin, a first-degree felony.

Witmer pleaded not guilty, and bond was set at $250,000. A pretrial hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 6.

On Sept. 18, Witmer allegedly sold or offered to sell fentanyl and methamphetamine, both schedule II controlled substances. On Oct. 22, Witmer allegedly sold or offered to sell methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, and heroin, a schedule I controlled substance.

In addition to the overall pattern of corrupt activity charge, Crawford, of Sand Creek, Michigan, was indicted for two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs and two counts of trafficking in fentanyl-related compound, all second-degree felonies; and one count of trafficking in fentanyl-related compound, a fourth-degree felony.

A nation-wide warrant has been issued for Crawford’s arrest.

Also indicted in connection to this case was Trevor Rosene of Swanton, who is charged with one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. According to Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio’s booking records, Rosene is currently incarcerated there on a case from Fulton County Western District Court. He was served a warrant Nov. 28 by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, but has not yet appeared in court on the charge.

Another individual was listed as being part of those allegedly participating in a pattern of corrupt activity, but Howe-Gebers said his alleged role was very small and so an indictment was not pursued.

Abston and Witmer were arrested in Napoleon Oct. 22 in what Multi-Area Narcotics (MAN) Task Force Commander Max Nofziger said was the conclusion of an investigation into methamphetamine and heroin trafficking in northwest Ohio.

“It is a lot (of drugs), and that’s why we’re pursuing it heavily,” Howe-Gebers said. “There are very dangerous drugs involved.”

 

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