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Roth Indicted On Drug, Evidence Tampering Charges

Justin J. Roth, 32, Archbold, was indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury on one count each, of possession of heroin and tampering with evidence.

In a press release, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said the grand jury met on Monday, April 18, returning indictments against Roth and seven others.

Haselman said, “On or about Dec. 22, 2015, he (Roth) allegedly possessed heroin and allegedly tampered with evidence in an official investigation.”

Roth was in the news in connection with a clandestine methamphetamine lab that was discovered in a home on South Lincoln Street the morning of July 5, 2013.

There were two meth labs and a supply of chemicals for making the illegal drug in the village that summer.

He was indicted by a grand jury on August 18, 2013, on a single count of illegal manufacture of drugs. He entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of attempted illegal manufacture of drugs in January 2014.

At his April 2, 2014, sentencing hearing on the attempted illegal-manufacture of-drugs charge, James Barber, Fulton County Common Pleas Court judge, placed Roth on three years of community control, but cautioned him that he was reserving a 30-month prison sentence.

“You screw up, and you go to prison. You’re looking at 30 months. That’s almost three years of incarceration,” Barber said at the time.

The 2016 indictment against Roth is only an accusation. In the eyes of the law, he remains innocent until proven guilty.

Others indicted were:

Dustin S. Pettit, 28, Montpelier; indicted on one count each, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, illegal use or possession of marijuana; on or about March 29, allegedly possessed heroin and marijuana.

•Austin M. Head, 20, Delta; indicted one count each, aggravated menacing, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence; on or about April 5, allegedly had a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and tampered with evidence in an official investigation; allegedly caused another person to believe that he would cause serious physical harm to that person.

•William C. Hawes, Jr., 40, Toledo; indicted on one count each, possession of heroin, possession of drugs, and attempted tampering with evidence; on or about April 7, allegedly possessed heroin and Suboxone, a drug used to treat drug addiction; allegedly attempted to tamper with evidence in an official investigation.

•Robert T. Mattin, Jr., 22, Wauseon; indicted on one count each, failure to periodically verify current address, failure to provide notice of change of address; on or about Nov. 22, 2105 to March 23, 2016, allegedly failed, as a registered sex offender, to periodically verify his current address; also allegedly failed to provide written notice to the county sheriff of a change of address.

•Brian A. Burns, 26, Delta; indicted on two counts of theft, 11 counts forgery; on or about Feb. 10-27, he allegedly stole cash valued at more than $1,000 but less than $7,500; also allegedly stole then forged 11 blank checks from a Delta business.

•Andrew J. Moll, 32, Swanton; indicted on one count, possession of cocaine, two counts, aggravated possession of drugs; on or about Aug. 31, 2105, allegedly possessed cocaine and the prescription painkillers Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

•Kelly J. Fletcher, 43, Morenci, Mich.; indicted one count each, forgery, theft from a person in a protected class, and six counts, misuse of credit cards; on or about Oct. 19, 2015, to Jan. 23, 2016, allegedly stole cash from an elderly person and forged a sales receipt; allegedly obtained products with a credit card knowing or having reasonable cause to believe was stolen from an elderly person.

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