Special News Release 17 May 2021


On 17 May 2021 Det. Zide was patrolling I-77 south bound when he observed a blue Jeep bearing WV registration, weaving within its lane and bouncing up and down significantly.  

Det. Zide followed the Jeep and observed the driver cross the right-hand fog line fully on two sperate occasions. The driver also appeared to be moving the steering wheel back and forth rapidly, as if he was trying to maintain control.

 A traffic stop was conducted near the 13-mile marker where Det. Zide identified the driver and some occupants being James Hunt, Sherry Waybright, and Joshua E. Allan.

All occupants were advised for the reason of the stop with the driver stating he was experiencing mechanical issues, and that it wasn’t his car. 

While speaking with the occupants, one occupant stated he had a loaded firearm on his person and produced his Ohio CCW permit.

Det. Zide inquired of anything illegal in the vehicle, or anymore firearms in the vehicle.  A number of the occupants would not look at Det. Zide, and would not give straight answers. 

Det. Zide began a check through dispatch for all occupants of the vehicle. The driver came back as a non-valid driver.  The occupants were advised that K9 Rita  would be running around the vehicle, and at that time Rita produced a positive indication on the rear passenger side door.

All occupants were asked to exit the vehicle, and they were patted down for weapons.  Prior to his pat down, one occupant handed over two syringes off his person. 

All occupants were read their Miranda Warning, and again asked about anything illegal in the car. I again received non-firm answers into the matter.  Waybright advised she may have some marijuana and “go” (meth) in her purse.

A search of the vehicle was then conducted, at which time a camo backpack was located.  Inside the back-pack Det. Roe located a baggie of suspected fentanyl (weighed 7.87g with baggie), a baggie of suspected meth (weighed 2.03g with baggie), and one more handgun.

Also located was a fanny pack with numerous paraphernalia items admittedly belonging to Allan, and a purse belonging to Waybright that contained both meth and heroin separately packaged, all under bulk amounts. Waybright advised the substances were meth and heroin.

Hunt denied the backpack was his. However, every other occupant of the vehicle later stated the backpack belonged to Hunt and it was in his possession the whole time.   

Joshua Eric Allan, age 28,  884 Greenhill Road, Marietta, OH, was placed under arrest and charged with illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

James Daniel Hunt, age 39, 7438 State Route 772, Piketon, OH,  was placed under arrest and charged with having weapons while under disability, possession of fentanyl, illegal conveyance of drugs,  all third-degree felonies, and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Sherry Regenia Waybright, age 35, 1420 McConnell Avenue, Portsmouth, OH, was placed under arrest and charged with possession of drugs, 2 counts, both fifth degree felonies.

Allan, Hunt and Waybright will remain incarcerated in the Washington County Jail for their court appearance on 18 May 2021 in Marietta Municipal Court.

The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yosts Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Monroe,  Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.