Steuben Man Suspect in Meth Trafficking and Theft Investigation

A Steuben man is the main suspect in an investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s office involving the trafficking of Methamphetamine and thefts of numerous power tools and large pieces of construction equipment. The Sheriff’s Office says 27 year old Jake Groom was identified as the main suspect as investigators have been working with several other law enforcement agencies.

A search warrant was obtained for a property in Steuben where Groom has been known to reside. Around 30 thousand dollars worth of stolen items were recovered during the search. Several items used in the trafficking of meth were also found, including a 9 millimeter handgun. Groom was not present during the search.

He faces up to 20 felony charges including receiving and concealing stolen property; criminal damage to property; possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; bail jumping; and maintaining a drug trafficking place. The case remains under investigation and several others may be charged. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office or Crawford County Crime Stoppers. Several other agencies assisted in the investigation.