So who got busted
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#61 Sep 25, 2012










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A dozen accused drug traffickers arraigned



Michael Coombs, Jr., shown here in a Times Bulletin photo from 2011, is one of 12 persons arraigned on Monday morning on drug trafficking charges. A total of 20 persons were indicted by the Van Wert County Grand Jury on Friday, capping a year-long investigation into drug trafficking in Van Wert County.(TB File Photo)


By Ed Gebert

Times Bulletin Editor

[email protected]

VAN WERT - A 12-month investigation by the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force has resulted in felony drug trafficking indictments being filed against 20 persons. Twelve of those persons were in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Monday morning entering not guilty pleas.




The dozen defendants included a Van Wert man who was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond. Robert Thompson, 28, was charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count second degree another count third degree and a third count a fourth degree felony. Thompson was allowed work release from custody. He will attend an Oct. 3 pretrial hearing.

Also ordered held on $10,000 cash bonds were Cody Bigham, 28, and Patricia Bigham, 29 of Van Wert. Cody was charged with first degree and third degree felony counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. Patricia was charged with a pair of second degree felony and a pair of third degree felony counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. Both Bigham were ordered held on bond, although Cory was allowed work released. Cody's pretrial hearing will be Oct. 3 while Patricia's hearing will be Oct. 10.

Jessica Thompson, 26, Van Wert, was charged with three fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs, and three counts of fifth-degree felony complicity to trafficking in drugs. She was released on bond and was ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on Oct. 3.

Michael Coombs, Jr. 29, Van wert, was charged with fourth-degree felony trafficking in marijuana and two counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking in marijuana. He was released on bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10.

Natasha Masters, 27, Van Wert, was arraigned on three felony charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one felony each of a second degree, a third degree and a fourth degree. Masters was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Oct. 10.

A Delphos man was charged with fifth-degree felony trafficking marijuana. Daniel Myrick, 22, was released on bond and will attend an Oct. 3 pretrial.

Deana Ladd, 42, Van Wert, was charged with 4 counts of trafficking drugs, each a felony of the fourth degree. She was released on bond and was ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on Oct. 3.

Robert Ladd, 43, Van Wert, was charged with two fourth-degree felony counts and one fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking drugs. He was released on drugs and will appear at an Oct. 10 pretrial.

Susan Shawley, 43, Van Wert, was arraigned on three fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking marijuana. She was released on bond. A pretrial hearing will be held on Oct. 3.

Sam Whisman, 20, Van Wert, was charged with on one count of trafficking drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Whisman was released on bond and was ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on Oct. 3.

Kip Hartman, 50, Van Wert, was charged with a pair of fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs. Hartman was released on bond and was ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on Oct. 10.






say it again sam

Fort Jennings, OH

#62 Sep 25, 2012
someone's opinion:
Yes, starting to do drugs is a choice, a bad choice, but who here has NEVER made a bad decision? We all have at one time or another. But with some drugs, once you made the bad decision to try them, can be very difficult to stop doing. I am willing to bet that there are many people, possibly some of the ones that were named here, that have made the choice to stop taking the drugs they have become addicted to, but are not strong enough to get away from. Some drugs, like heroin, is almost impossible if not impossible to quit taking without some help. Of course the ones who are addicted, first need to want to get help, but they will still have a very rough and difficult time to break away from it.
The ones who are addicted, and want the help to get off the drug, needs to get the help to break away from this habit. These are the people that need our help and not be put into prisons. Yes there are those people who do not want to stop, and want to continue their drug use. I'm not sure of their reasons as to why they choose that, but there are some who do. These people also need help, but if they are unwilling to seek the help then prison seems to be what needs to be done with them if they cannot deal with the help to get off the drug. It's unfortunate, but that's just the way it is.
There will be those who say they want help but really don't, but only want to avoid prison. We still have to give them the chance to get the help they need. If they fail, then prison is where they need to go.
Yes, choosing do do drugs is wrong...a very bad decision...but once they made that decision, it then can most likely turn into a disease, and that is when they need our help if they want the help. You cannot help the ones who don't want it, but you can help the ones who want the help.
We've all Made bad decisions or choices, nobody should be condemned for that unless they choose to continue in that direction."

a darn good reply:
how many chances do you think they should get so they can continue to commit robberies, have birth defected babies, make life hell for the family and neighbors who have to live around them and deal with the never ending bs? Human nature being what it is the only thing that will stop most of these dopers is stiffer punishments period.
Batch Man

Mount Gilead, OH

#63 Sep 25, 2012
how many wrote:
<quoted text>how many chances do you think they should get so they can continue to commit robberies, have birth defected babies, make life hell for the family and neighbors who have to live around them and deal with the never ending bs? Human nature being what it is the only thing that will stop most of these dopers is stiffer punishments period.
Then if you comprehended my statement, you would understand that those are the ones that need to be sent to prison. The ones who get our help are the ones who show they really want to get off the drugs. Use some common sense and stop attacking evenyone who makes comments if you don't comprehend what you just read.
I never said the ones who keep messing up over and over again deserve a break! They need to show they need and want help to get help. The very first hard drug violation should have been enough to get these people some help to get off the drug. I'm not sure, but I doubt that is what happened. I'm guessing they just got slapped with a fine, jail time possibly, and probation. That is all fine, but they should have also gotten some type of rehab to get off the drug. After that, if they go back to the drug, then they are on their own. Throw the book at them.
I am not defending the named individuals at all. I'm saying that there is a flaw in the system that needs fixed. Once you become addicted to something like heroin, it is very difficult to quit on your own. Hell it's hard to quit it with help, but help is what they need, not jail time, at least not the first time around. They blow it a second time, then to jail they go. What I said previously is really not that difficult to understand, but just because my comment was positive rather then negative like it seems so many posters here love, my comment gets attacked.
Either you understand or you don't. I'm not gonna waste any more time trying to explain something that's common sense to people who obviously have no common sense. "You can't fix stupid".
fista cuffs

Rockton, IL

#64 Sep 25, 2012
a lot of you folks assume most drug addicts are thieves and crooks...that's just not the case (maybe it is in your little hamlet, but definetly not the case world -wide)...most addicts do have jobs, don't commit crimes, and the ones who suffer from it is the person , and their family...
pro-action
education
vw folks

Fort Jennings, OH

#65 Sep 25, 2012
fista cuffs wrote:
a lot of you folks assume most drug addicts are thieves and crooks...that's just not the case (maybe it is in your little hamlet, but definetly not the case world -wide)...most addicts do have jobs, don't commit crimes, and the ones who suffer from it is the person , and their family...
pro-action
education
s lot of us van wert folks read our local news and know that this batch of poor little addicted just want help thieves are in court repeatedly for crap, so you are right about them! now, go to Fort Wayne news, Chicago news, or just pick a city, crime and drugs always go hand in hand if you haven't figured that out yet you must be nuts. As far as them having jobs, any workplace that pays enough to support a drug habit does random drug testing. So these poor little innocence get on the dealer band wagon to support their own addiction, creating more of the same because they really don't give two nickels worth about anything or anybody.
fista cuffs

Rockton, IL

#66 Sep 25, 2012
vw folks wrote:
<quoted text>s lot of us van wert folks read our local news and know that this batch of poor little addicted just want help thieves are in court repeatedly for crap, so you are right about them! now, go to Fort Wayne news, Chicago news, or just pick a city, crime and drugs always go hand in hand if you haven't figured that out yet you must be nuts. As far as them having jobs, any workplace that pays enough to support a drug habit does random drug testing. So these poor little innocence get on the dealer band wagon to support their own addiction, creating more of the same because they really don't give two nickels worth about anything or anybody.
'crime and drugs go hand in hand' because your gov't , and news sources tell you that they do...do your own research from objective points of view...drug screens? are you kidding me? anyone who has failed a drug test is an idiot...there are countless ways to pass them (not that I condone it)...not to mention the fact that for every employee subject to a urinalysis (whiz quiz), there are one or more in management that aren't...I do not condone drug use...but I am well read on the subject...drug penalties mean big bucks in gov't...
Info Please

Medina, OH

#67 Sep 25, 2012
So what is the difference between aggravated trafficking and just trafficking? Also can someone get busted for living with one of the law breakers or in this situation, since it was a year long investigation, did each person busted actually do something to cause the arrest? One of the couples listed is what made me question this. I could not see one of the couple doing anything illegal, let alone something this major. Any info would be helpful. One more question, did they storm their house or actually just walk up and arrest them? Wondering because there are kids involved in several of these homes.
huh

Fort Jennings, OH

#68 Sep 25, 2012
fista cuffs wrote:
a lot of you folks assume most drug addicts are thieves and crooks...that's just not the case (maybe it is in your little hamlet, but definetly not the case world -wide)...most addicts do have jobs, don't commit crimes, and the ones who suffer from it is the person , and their family...
pro-action
education
so you are saying that drug addicts in large cities display totaling different characteristics than drug addicts in smaller communities? and what studies have been done to prove this? really, why do you think they are called addicts?
about time

Van Wert, OH

#69 Sep 25, 2012
Wow wrote:
Deanna (Pruden) Ladd & her husband BOTH got it. Doug just got out if hail, and big sis on her way there!
don't ya think?
Amarillo

United States

#70 Sep 25, 2012
Wow wrote:
Deanna (Pruden) Ladd & her husband BOTH got it. Doug just got out if hail, and big sis on her way there!
Not good. Did she serve time for stealing from her old employer or did she only have to pay restitution? I remember reading about her arrest and plea but I don't remember what her sentence was.
Hmm

Warsaw, IN

#71 Sep 25, 2012
She didn't do any time for stealing before. Wonder what her and Bob were sellin now?
Hope she gets hers

Lima, OH

#72 Sep 25, 2012
Trish Bigham is the reason Cody is in trouble. She is a drug addicted person with not one ounce morals. Bad choices were made on his part,but they were all her ideas. When have you ever heard his name on the streets about drugs, but her that's a whole different story.
Not hardly

Barberton, OH

#73 Sep 25, 2012
Tricia and cody were in all this together. They both have issues. Obviously if he gotcan charged then he deserved it too. Deal with it and move on.
eyeroll

Marysville, OH

#74 Sep 25, 2012
Hope she gets hers wrote:
Trish Bigham is the reason Cody is in trouble. She is a drug addicted person with not one ounce morals. Bad choices were made on his part,but they were all her ideas. When have you ever heard his name on the streets about drugs, but her that's a whole different story.
That's dumb. So it is her fault because he chose to do wrong? How stupid is that?
Inqiring minds wanna know

Lima, OH

#75 Sep 26, 2012
Who are he 2 heading for Florida? Wondering if their initials are ZB and TW?
Not a Democrat Republican

Marysville, OH

#76 Sep 26, 2012
Wow wrote:
Deanna (Pruden) Ladd & her husband BOTH got it. Doug just got out if hail, and big sis on her way there!
Can you tell me, where is "hail?" I don't understand your point.
Im a loser

Fostoria, OH

#77 Sep 26, 2012
I hope they dont have another raid like this. If the take twenty more drug addicts and losers of the streets this TOPIX trash site might fold as well lol
Not a Democrat Republican

Marysville, OH

#78 Sep 26, 2012
Inqiring minds wanna know wrote:
Who are he 2 heading for Florida? Wondering if their initials are ZB and TW?
What is this gobbly gook?
oboma2

Mccordsville, IN

#79 Sep 26, 2012
bunch of enablers....they do drugs as a choice so it is there fault...make them take responsiblity for there poor choices they will learn...enable them and tell them it is not there fault....u wid up with disabled morons...dont enable people to be stupid...no wonder over half of americans are on assistance....wtf
oboma2

Mccordsville, IN

#80 Sep 26, 2012
wind up with

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