Man convicted of three drug trafficking counts

Deputy Patrick Ardner of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office (left) prepares to escort David Seth Kammeyer from the courtroom after the verdicts were announced Tuesday afternoon.

A jury found a Fostoria man guilty of three counts of trafficking in cocaine Tuesday.

David Seth Kammeyer, 38, had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on four counts of trafficking in cocaine, all fifth-degree felonies.

The seven-man, five-woman jury found him guilty of three of the counts and not guilty of the other after about an hour of deliberations Tuesday.

The trial was in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Operations had taken place July 3, 2018; July 5, 2018; Nov. 19, 2018; and Nov. 27, 2018.

In her opening statement, Rebeka Beresh, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said the drugs were purchased by multiple confidential informants.

Alex Treece, Kammeyer’s attorney, asked jurors to consider each of the four counts individually. One of the confidential informants wanted nothing to do with law enforcement, he said.

The operations in which the confidential informant participated resulted in two of Kammeyer’s charges.

“She’s not here,” Treece said.

Detective Sgt. Don Joseph of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit and Detective Chuck Boyer of Tiffin Police Department and the unit coordinator of Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit testified Tuesday.

The defense did not call any witnesses.

In her closing argument, Beresh told jurors they had heard about four instances of drug trafficking.

“This is a straightforward case,” she said.

In a separate case, Kammeyer was indicted on a charge of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.