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Marijuana Ring Traced To Stryker



Charges are pending in connection with a monthslong investigation that has unveiled a marijuana distribution hub based in Stryker.

The Multi-Area Narcotics task force, known as the MAN Unit, said in a press release last week the criminal organization distributed large quantities of highgrade marijuana in Williams, Putnam, and Defiance counties.

Among the arrested were Carl Blankenship, 37, Matthew Randolph, 35, and Brandon Taylor, 26, all of Stryker.

Charges will include aggravated trafficking in marijuana and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

MAN Unit officers traveled to Texas, Aug. 5-11. They worked with Texas state and federal authorities to execute a search warrant.

The search resulted in seizure of 40 pounds of marijuana, a large sum of money, and firearms. One Texas man was arrested.

When the MAN Unit offi cers returned, the Ohio arrests were made.

Others arrested were Karissa Mann, 20, Sherwood; Lon W. Miller, 61, rural Defi- ance; Sean Oehler, 34, rural Defiance; and Angela Saman, 48, Defiance.

They face the same traffi cking and pattern of corrupt activity charges pending against the three Stryker men.

The cases against the Ohio men and women will be presented to the Williams County Grand July later this month.

Additional arrests and other charges are pending.

MAN Unit officers were assisted by Thomas A. Thompson,

Williams County prosecutor, the William County Sheriff Department, and the Stryker, Bryan, and West Unity police departments.

In operation since 1990, the MAN Unit is made up of officers from the Williams, Defiance, and Putnam county sheriff departments, and the Bryan and Defiance police departments.

They work on cases involving narcotics, and any case involving undercover operations.


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