Police announce ‘significant’ drug bust

PARKERSBURG – Major drug arrests were made this week in Wood and Washington counties that authorities believe will disrupt the drug trade in the area.

Parkersburg Chief Joe Martin said a multijurisdictional criminal investigation initiated several months ago is coming to an end with the execution of search and arrest warrants Wednesday as local police continued working on the cases through Friday.

The investigation was started by the Major Crimes Task Force in Washington County, Ohio. The investigators discovered that the case would also encompass Parkersburg and surrounding areas, Martin said in a press release issued Friday.

The Parkersburg Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office assigned members of the Aggressive Crime Enforcement Task Force to assist the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force to investigate criminal matters that were taking place in Wood County. Other departments involved included the Marietta and Belpre Police Departments, the West Virginia State Police and several federal agencies.

”The investigation revealed several individuals in the organization that were involved in illegal acts to include drug trafficking,” Martin said. ”Detectives made several controlled buys of large amounts of cocaine and marijuana in Parkersburg and Washington County. These controlled buys and other investigative techniques allowed the detectives to obtain arrest and search warrants.”

Residences and one business were searched by law enforcement officials in Parkersburg, Vienna and Mineral Wells.

The 5th Street Pub, 322 5th St. in Parkersburg, operated by Brent J. Sidwell was searched.

The residence of Timothy A. Fields, 703 21st St. in Vienna, was also searched.

The residence at 2707 Polk Drive in Parkersburg was searched and detectives located several bags of marijuana along with components used to facilitate the distribution of narcotics and U.S. currency, officials said. Detectives arrested Jeffery J. Brown for one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Brown was processed and arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and is being held on $50,000 bond.

The residence at 2503 Lincoln Ave. was searched and detectives located large amount of marijuana, an amount of cocaine, and cash, officials said. The Parkersburg Police have an outstanding felony warrant for Christopher Paul Johnson for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. Johnson will also face additional criminal charges as a result of the search of his residence, police said.

Wood County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said SWAT officers, deputies and detectives executed a search warrant Wednesday at 217 Fox Run Drive Apt. 28 in Mineral Wells in reference to a cocaine distribution investigation.

”During a search of the residence, detectives recovered over $12,000 and over 21 grams of suspected cocaine,” Graham said.

Dustin Keith Jarvis was arrested on a charge of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine. He was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and was released on $65,000 bond.

Four minor children were present at the time of the search warrant and were released to a third party.

”Investigators also recovered additional evidence that was concealed in a storage unit in Wood County,” Martin said. ”The discovery was made as a result of the continuing investigation.

”The investigators involved have spent several hours interviewing many individuals and will continue to do so until this case is closed. The search revealed a substantial find of suspected cocaine. The total weight at this time is undetermined, but is significant,” Martin said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department reported a search warrent was executed at Sidwell’s Belpre residence at 1045 Ridgewood Blvd.

Sidwell; Fields of 703 21st St., Vienna; and David A. Naylor of 2311 Pike St., Lot 18, Parkersburg were arrested, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said in a press release issued Friday.

They were each charged with two counts of distribution of more than 28 grams of cocaine, a first-degree felony. Naylor was charged with committing these acts on March 14 and March 20, 2014; and Sidwell and Fields on April 3, 1014 and April 12, 2014. They were all arrested near the Park and Ride at the intersection of State Route 339 and U.S. 50.

”Multiple pounds of marijuana, cocaine, approximately $20,000 in cash, five vehicles, two jet skis, a commercial mower, furniture and other items allegedly purchased with the proceeds of narcotics were also seized,” Mincks said.

All three men are being held at the Washington County Jail. Fields and Naylor are being held on a $200,000 bond.

Sidwell posted his initial $200,000 bond on the cocaine charges Thursday, but was arrested Friday on the pattern of corrupt activity charge. He remains incarcerated with a $500,000 bond.

All of the arrests made in Wood and Washington counties this week will have an impact on drug distribution in the area, Martin said.

”This investigation will create noticeable disruption in the cocaine and marijuana distribution trade in this area,” he said.

The long-term impact is still to be determined.

”This group will be out of business for some time,” Martin said. ”It is a never ending battle.

”As long as dealers continue to make profits it will continue to keep us busy.”

The investigation is continuing and more arrests could be made, he said.

Those with information on the whereabouts of Christopher P. Johnson are being asked to contact the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444 or provide information on the department website at parkersburgpolice.com.

(Marietta Times staff writer Jasmine Rogers contributed to this story.)