Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Special News Release 21 Dec 18
An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in multiple arrests in Marietta, Ohio.
On 20 Dec 18 Agents conducted a purchase of 6.52 grams of methamphetamine from Derek Oldfield in the City of Marietta, Colegate Drive.
Agents, with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office SRT, conducted a search warrant at Derek Oldfield’s residence, 713 9th Street, Marietta, Ohio. Oldfield was located with 4.42 grams of methamphetamine in his sweatshirt, which was directly beside him.
Oldfield was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail. While being transported, Oldfield indicated he dropped Brandon Jennings and Robert Price off at Brian Ritchie’s trailer on Theis Avenue, (found to be 101 Theis Avenue). Oldfield indicated Jennings and Price were both in possession of 1 oz. of methamphetamine and he (Oldfield) was to pick them up later in the evening to leave Marietta.
Agents, along with the WCSO SRT proceeded to 101 Theis Avenue, Lot 9, Marietta, Ohio. While knocking and announcing at the front door, Officers observed occupants running towards the back of the residence and attempting to exit out the back door. Forced entry was made into the residence and officers encountered Brian Ritchie, Colton Balderson, Belinda Whitehair, James Michael Fox, Robert Price, and Brandon Jennings.
While patting down the individuals located at the residence Brian Ritchie was found to have a small baggie of .58 grams methamphetamine on his person, Belinda Whitehair was found with a baggie of .26 grams of methamphetamine and located directly beside Colton Balderson was a baggie of 2.25 grams of methamphetamine.
Agents learned James Michael Fox, Jr., age 48, 27290 State Route 7, Marietta, OH, had an active warrant on file for theft. Fox was placed under arrest on that warrant.
During a search of a bedroom, Agents located one baggie of 1.01 grams of meth, one baggie of .5 grams of meth, one baggie containing .57 grams of meth, digital scales, several 1”X1” baggies, and methamphetamine smoking pipes.
While searching a wallet taken from Brandon Jennings, Agents located $240 of confidential funds utilized by Agents previously. Agents also located an unloaded .22 caliber handgun on a stand near where Jennings was located.
While being booked in at the Washington County Jail, Robert Price was found to be in possession of $580. In checking that currency, $220 of confidential funds Agents used previously.
Presumptive field tests were conducted on all of the evidence with a positive indication for methamphetamine.
Derek Douglas Oldfield, age 33, 713 9th Street, Marietta, Ohio, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, both 3rd-degree felonies.
Colton Ryan Balderson, age 29, 17184 Muskingum River Road, Waterford, OH, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a 5th-degree felony.
Brandon Lammar Jennings, age 34, 2122 Fenton Street, Columbus, OH, was arrested for 2 counts trafficking in methamphetamine, 3rd degree and 4th-degree felonies and weapons under disability, a 3rd-degree felony.
Robert Dalance Price, age 28, 106 Kettering Bend, Delaware, Ohio, was arrested for 2 counts trafficking in methamphetamine, 3rd degree and 4th-degree felonies.
Belinda Arlene Whitehair, age 48, 80 Railroad Street, Whipple, OH, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, a 5th-degree felony.
Brian Robert Ritchie, age 48, 101 Theis Avenue, Lot 9, Marietta, OH, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, a 5th degree.
All subjects were held in the Washington County Jail until their initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court on 21 Dec 18.
Balderson was given a $2500 bond, Oldfield was given a $12,500 bond, Jennings received a $30,000 bond and Price was given $15,000 bond. Whitehair and Ritchie were released on PR bonds.
The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.