Assault arrest leads to drug seizure

Staff report

WAPAKONETA — Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon has released details of a routine assault call leading to a drug investigation.

At approximately 1130 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, deputies responded to New Hampshire on a call from a 33-year-old female who was reporting being assaulted. Deputies responded to 76 W. Market St. in New Hampshire and began investigating. During the investigation a marijuana grow operation was discovered. Marijuana plants, growing materials, cash and some firearms were located inside the residents.

Sean E. Laderer, age 44, was taken into custody on charges of assault and abduction and remains in the Auglaize County Corrections Center waiting for his court appearance.

“Routine calls always have the potential to escalate into something else,” said Solomon. “In this case the deputies who initially responded observed things that took this a step further that resulted in a drug case. This is what they are trained to do and do it very well.”

The investigation is continuing by deputies, detectives and members of the Auglaize/Mercer Grand Lake Drug Task Force.

The Sheriff’s Office will have no further comment at this time as the investigation is ongoing and formal charges are still pending.

Staff report