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Man reporting threat from Mexican Mafia arrested


“He stated that there had to be at least 30 gang members in town in several different style vehicles, all wearing white bandannas.”

William A. West

ASHTABULA_A 29-year-old Ashtabula man called the Ashtabula Police about 6 p.m. Friday, March 23 to report that he was being threatened by the Mexican Mafia because he was selling heroin and not buying it from him. APD patrolman James Janek was dispatched at about 6:12 p.m. and arrived at 5420 Adams Ave. about 6:14 p.m.

Janek met with David A. Wetherbee at the Adams Ave address knowing that there were three active warrants for Wetherbee’s arrest. One warrant was held by the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office for a probation violation.

“Wetherbee appeared to be high on Meth upon my arrival and was acting very paranoid continually checking his surroundings and peeking out windows while speaking to me,” Janek wrote in his incident report. “Wetherbee stated that Mexican Mafia is in town and had been following him all around town.”

Wetherbee was arrested, handcuffed behind his back and placed into the rear seat of Janek’s patrol car. Wetherbee was transported to APD and later picked up by the ACSO and taken to the county jail.

Wetherbee is facing five charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, all fourth-degree felonies. He is scheduled to be arraigned before Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge Gary L. Yost Thursday, March 29.


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