Washington County Sheriff Larry
Mincks announced this afternoon that the Major Crimes Task Force of Washington
and Morgan counties, in conjunction with the Parkersburg, Marietta, Vienna and
Belpre police departments, Wood County sheriff’s office, West Virginia State
Police and several federal agencies, have been conducting an investigation
which involved the transportation, possession, and distribution of large quantities
of cocaine and marijuana.
On Wednesday of this week, Mincks
says search warrants were issued and executed at six locations in Wood County
and one in Washington County.
The locations in Wood County were
the residences of David Naylor, 2311 Pike Street, Parkersburg; Timothy Fields,
703 21st Street, Vienna; the 5th Street Pub in downtown Parkersburg,
operated by Brent Sidwell; plus locations at 2707 Polk Drive, Parkersburg; 217 Fox
Run Drive, Mineral Wells; and 2503½ Lincoln Avenue, Parkersburg.
The location in Washington County
was the residence of 5th
Street Pub operator Brent Sidwell at 1045
Ridgewood Boulevard in Belpre Township.
The sheriff says three individuals
were arrested in Washington County: Brent Sidwell, age 32, of Belpre Township;
Timothy Fields, age 38, of Vienna; and David Naylor, age 27, of Parkersburg.
They were each charged with two
counts of distribution of over 28 grams of cocaine, a first degree felony. All three
men were arrested near the park-and-ride commuter parking lot at the
intersection of US 50, State Route 7 and State Route 339.
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.
In a statement this afternoon, Ohio Attorney
General Mike DeWine said “this case is a great example of local, state,
and federal law enforcement working together to keep Ohioans, as well as our
neighbors in West Virginia, safe from the crime and violence associated with
the drug trade.”