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An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in the arrest of nine individuals and the seizure of 226 grams of illegal drugs.  This is the largest seizure of drugs in Washington County in the last several years.

On 30 Jan 19 Agents, with the assistance of the Marietta Police Department, executed a narcotics search warrant at 610 Second Street (upstairs), Marietta, Ohio.

As a result of the search warrant Agents seized approximately 109 grams of heroin, 117 grams of methamphetamine, and approximately $2,700 in cash.  The majority of the drugs were seized from two individuals from Akron, Ohio.  They were James Christopher Smith, age 24, 155 Stephens Road, Akron, OH, and Taevion Tyson Thompson, age 20, 733 Storer Avenue, Akron, OH.  They were both charged with felonies of the 1st degree.

The following subjects were also arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail:

Brandon Paul Layman, age 37, 610 Second Street (upstairs), Marietta, OH, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine within a 1000 feet of a school, a felony of the 1st degree;

Mara Lee Spindler, age 59, 610 Second Street (upstairs), Marietta, OH was charged with possession of heroin, a felony of the 4th degree;

Aaron Matthew Hess, age 40, 500 Allman Road, Belpre, OH, was charged with complicity to drug trafficking, a felony of the 1st degree;

Steven Eugene McCabe, age 59, 124 Oak Grove Lane, Marietta, OH, was charged with complicity to drug trafficking, a felony of the 4th degree;

Jeffrey Shane Wittekind, age 30, 316 Gilman Avenue, Marietta, OH, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a felony of the 2nd degree.

David Joseph Gorby, age 32, LKA 716 Ellet Street, Martins Ferry, OH, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a felony of the 5th degree;

Brent Edwin Reynolds, age 33, 555 Mt. Tom Road, Marietta, OH, was arrested for violating the terms of his parole

The Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General David Yost’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.