UPDATE: Another Suspect In Major Drug Ring Sentenced

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Updated: 9/8/2015 4:15 P.M.

A suspect in a major drug investigation gets a suspended sentence.

Jeffrey Brown pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Wood County Circuit Judge Jeff Reed first sentenced Brown to one to five years in prison before suspending that sentence and placing Brown on three years probation.

Brown and four others were arrested and charged during an investigation by police in both Wood and Washington counties.

It was described as the biggest drug bust in two decades.

UPDATED: 1/14/15

A Vienna man is sentenced in federal court for his involvement in a local drug ring.

Timothy Fields is sentenced to six years in prison plus three years supervised release.

He pleaded guilty in October to being involved in the maijuana and cocaine dealing ring between Parkersburg and Belpre.

Four others are also charged in the same drug ring.


UPDATED: November 12, 2014

Belpre resident Brent J. Sidwell is behind bars.

Washington County Sheriff Deputies, agents from the Major Crimes Task Force and IRS Special Agents arrested the 32-year-old on charges of retaliation against a witness.

Sidwell is accused of threatening a witness at her place of work and deputies say he gave her reason to believe he would physically harm her.

Police acted on a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Sidwell was indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury in July of 2014 for racketeering influenced and corrupt organizations .

Five men are arrested in what's described as the biggest drug bust in twenty years.

It was a combined effort through the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission directed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Both Wood and Washington County Task Forces, Marietta, Vienna, Parkersburg and Belpre Police Departments helped make it happen.

Police say one of the biggest drug dealers in the area, Brent Sidwell, is now behind bars.

Sidwell, of Belpre, is back in jail after posting his first bond Thursday.

He's now facing a half a million dollar bond and is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, on top of two counts of distribution of over 28 grams of cocaine.

The investigation has been going on for years.

Authorities say this operation has been bringing a much as 600 pounds of marijuana a month into the area.

The amount of cocaine is not official.

Wednesday night into Thursday morning the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force arrested Sidwell, plus 38-year-old Timothy Fields of Vienna and 27-year-old David Naylor of Parkersburg.

All three were arrested near the park and ride at the intersection of State Route 339 and U.S. 50 and charged with two counts of distribution of over 28 grams of cocaine.

Six search warrants were served that night also in Parkersburg and one in Belpre at Sidwell's home.

In total officers took 6 pounds of marijuana, a little over one pound of cocaine, a small amount of heroin and approximately $20 thousand cash.

From Sidwell's home, they took 5 vehicles, two jet skis, a commerial mower, furniture and more allegedly purchased with the drug money.

Both Fields and Naylor are in jail on $200,000 bond.

The investigation continues, as officials say this is an international drug trade.

Also arrested as part of the investigation was Dustin Jarvis, of Mineral Wells, who is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

And Jeffery Brown, of Parkersburg, was arrested and charged with the same thing.

Officials are still looking for Christopher Paul Johnson, of Parkersburg who is wanted for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says this was great cooperation between the two counties but they have a long road ahead and the investigation continues

The Wood County Sheriff's Office confiscated large amounts of cocaine out of the area as well with in the last couple of days.

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