Fairfield residents charged in drug sting operation
(This story has been revised to reflect the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant and not the Fairfield Police Department)
Two Fairfield residents were arrested Monday in connection with a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigation into a residence where marijuana was allegedly sold.
Derrick Cook Maynard and Megan Marie Reid, both of 308 S. 14th St., Fairfield, were arrested. Maynard was charged with three counts of delivery of marijuana, a Class D felony, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison on each count and a fine of up to $7,500 on each count.
Reid was charged with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,875. Maynard and Reid were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $650 fine.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on Maynard and Reid’s residence on Jan. 22. The search was the culmination of an investigation into illegal drugs being distributed at their residence. According to a press release from Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille, a “concerned citizen” made a controlled purchase of marijuana from that residence several times under the supervision of law enforcement.
Dille said the concerned citizen notified the sheriff's office the residents of the house in question were selling marijuana. Dille said the sheriff's office investigated the issue and found evidence to corroborate the concerned citizen’s claims.
The sheriff's office asked the citizen to be an informant by wearing a recording device while he went into the home to purchase marijuana. Dille said the sheriff's office gave the informant serialized money so they could track it and searched the informant before he entered the home to ensure he didn’t have any other money or drugs on his person.
The informant has criminal charges pending against him for possession of marijuana from another case. Dille said that because he has cooperated with law enforcement in this latest sting operation, the charges against him might be reduced or dismissed. Dille said a strategy employed by many law enforcement agencies is to use the “small fish” to bait the “big fish.”
“We like to work our way up the ladder, to get the seller rather than the user,” he said.
Other entities involved in this investigation were the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Reserve.
A criminal charge is only an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.