Putnam County Common Pleas Court
Rene A. Valdez, 30, 916 Sunday St., Defiance, was found guilty of possession of drugs (methamphetamine), possession of drugs (oxycodone), possession of drugs (cocaine), illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, having weapons under disability, and trafficking in drugs (cocaine) following a jury trial. The defendant’s motion requesting a new trial was overruled and denied and Valdez is to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Oct. 25.
According to reports of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop performed in Kalida on Oct. 15, resulted in the recovery of several drugs and drug-related items while resulting in two arrests. Sheriff deputies stopped a vehicle at 1:53 a.m. Oct. 15 that looked suspicious. The K-9 unit was called to the scene, and K-9 Nero detected the presence of a narcotic odor while performing a free air sniff around the vehicle. Valdez, and Dakota J. Valdez, 20, of Defiance, gave consent to search the vehicle and items found in the car included 39.6 grams of cocaine, 10.6 grams of methamphetamine, 6.4 grams of crack cocaine, 19.5 grams of marijuana, 49 tablets of 30-gram Oxycodone, drug paraphernalia, meth lab supplies, a large sum of cash and a loaded firearm.
Dakota Valdez is currently serving a 30-month sentence after pleading guilty to drug charges last May.
Christopher J. Calvelage, 36, 24503 Road T, Delphos, pleaded guilty to theft of a credit card. He faces up to 12 months in prison and $2,500 in fines. Bond was continued while a pre-sentence investigation is conducted with sentencing set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14. Another count was dismissed.
Tiffany N. Schoepfle, 26, 600 S. Elizabeth St., Lima, was sentenced to 175 days jail for revocation of treatment in lieu. She