Nine arrested in Marietta drug investigation

From staff reports

The Major Crimes Task Force in association with the Marietta Police Department and agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission seized 226 grams of illegal drugs in Marietta Wednesday.

MPD served the search warrant for the upstairs apartment at 610 Second St. At the apartment, authorities confiscated 109 grams of heroin, 117 grams of methamphetamine and approximately $2,700 in cash, according to a release from the commission. The majority of the drugs belonged to two Akron residents, the release said. James Christopher Smith, 24, of 155 Stephens Road, Akron, and Taevian Tyson Thompson, 20, of 733 Storer Ave., Akron, were arrested and were each charged with first-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Seven other people were also arrested at the scene and transported to the Washington County Jail for processing:

•Brandon Paul Layman, 37, of 610 Second St., Marietta, was charged with first-degree felony trafficking methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.

•Mara Lee Spindler, 59, of 610 Second St., Marietta, was charged with fourth-degree felony possession of heroin.

•Aaron Matthew Hess, 40, of 500 Allman Road, Belpre, was charged with first-degree felony complicity to drug trafficking.

•Steven Eugene McCabe, 59, of 124 Oak Grove Lane, was charged with fourth-degree felony complicity to drug trafficking.

•Jeffery Shane Wittekind, 30, of 316 Gilman Ave., Marietta, was charged with second-degree felony possession of methamphetamine.

•David Joseph Gorby, 30, last known address 716 Ellet St., Martins Ferry, was charged with fifth-degree felony possession of methamphetamine.

•Brent Edwin Reynolds, 33, of 555 Mt. Tom Road, Marietta, was arrested for violating the conditions of his parole.

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