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Eight Sentenced in Fayette County Drug Trafficking Investigation


Following an extensive investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Fayette County, eight individuals have been handed down prison sentences. The probe, which commenced in the Fall of 2022, led to the seizure of over 13 pounds of methamphetamines, alongside significant quantities of fentanyl and cocaine. The convictions, achieved through collaborative efforts, underscore the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to combating drug-related crime in the community.

Full Report:

A comprehensive investigation conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has culminated in the sentencing of eight individuals involved in the sale of methamphetamines. The inquiry, initiated in Fall 2022, targeted the distribution network operating within Fayette County, ultimately resulting in multiple convictions and significant seizures of illicit substances.

Detectives, working tirelessly to dismantle the narcotics trade, identified several individuals suspected of trafficking drugs and executed controlled purchases to gather evidence. Over the course of the investigation, which spanned from September 2022 to April 2023, law enforcement authorities confiscated approximately 6,143 grams of methamphetamines, 186 grams of fentanyl, and 37 grams of cocaine, amounting to a street value of nearly $490,000.

The collaborative efforts of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the US 23 Major Crimes Task Force, and the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office Investigative Unit were instrumental in uncovering the extent of the drug operation. Controlled purchases conducted across multiple locations within the county revealed a network interconnected even with individuals incarcerated at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The subsequent indictments and convictions saw the following individuals sentenced for their involvement in drug trafficking:

  • Brandi N. Wood, 42, of Washington CH: Sentenced to 38-42.5 years in prison.
  • Chad M. Davis, 45, of Pickaway County: Sentenced to 27-32.5 years in prison.
  • Marcos J. Baker, 45, of Jeffersonville: Sentenced to 11-16.5 years in prison.
  • Vercie L. Lark, 43, of Dayton: Sentenced to 20-25.5 years in prison.
  • Carla A. Doctor, 52, of Washington CH: Sentenced to 8 years in prison.
  • Tony T. Wood, 41, of Dayton: Sentenced to 13-15.5 years in prison.
  • Marcus J. Francis, 41, of Washington CH: Sentenced to 30-35.5 years in prison.
  • James Phipps Jr, 25, of Dayton: Sentenced to 25-30.5 years in prison.

Sheriff Stanforth commended the dedication of Detective Treg Brown and all Fayette County Deputies involved in the investigation, expressing gratitude to collaborating agencies and the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office. He reiterated the Sheriff’s Office’s unwavering stance against drug trafficking, urging community members to report any suspicious activity anonymously through the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office website.

For those wishing to contribute information related to drug distribution or other criminal activities in Fayette County, anonymous tips can be submitted via www.faycoso.com.