Tiffin, Ohio — Two men were charged Monday after authorities raided a motel room following a traffic stop in Tiffin.
Agents with the Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit, along with officers from the Tiffin Police Department, stopped a vehicle at Sycamore St. and Monroe St. and found suspected methamphetamine, criminal tools, drug abuse instruments, and U.S. currency inside of the vehicle.
Upon investigating the incident further, authorities determined the suspects had previously left room number 27 at the Tiffin Motel, 315 W. Market St., which was being occupied by 29-year-old Kaleb Luidhardt, of Tiffin, and 31-year-old Richard T. Mitchem, also of Tiffin.
Authorities executed a search warrant, signed by Judge Jay Meyer of the Seneca County Common Pleas Court, on the motel room and unveiled additional suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, drug abuse instruments, and U.S. currency.
Luidhardt and Mitchem are facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of criminal tools, and possession of drug abuse instruments.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and that they are awaiting the return of lab analysis results for the substances seized during the investigation.
“I am pleased to see the outcome of today’s operation. Drug investigations like today’s allow area law enforcement to send a strong message to the folks who come into our area to poison our community that it simply will not be tolerated in this city,” Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens said in a press release.
Correction: The original version of this story stated one of the suspects’ name as “Kalen Luidhardt.” This was a typographical error and has been corrected to state “Kaleb Luidhardt.”