Ohio woman, Oil City man face meth charges


By JIM MEYER – Staff writer

Oil City police said two people have been arrested and jailed on felony charges related to trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine to the Oil City and Sugarcreek areas.

According to police, officers were conducting a missing person investigation when they received information on Deidra Cunningham, of Ohio.

Police said Cunninghanm had been traveling from the Akron and Cleveland areas in December and January and had been in possession of large amounts of crystal meth with the intent of distributing the meth in the Oil City and Sugarcreek areas.

Further investigation revealed that Cunningham stole a .380 caliber firearm from William “BJ” Fry while at his Hoffman Avenue residence in Oil City, police said. Multiple witnesses corroborated Cunningham being in possession of the firearm, which she is prohibited from possessing based on prior felony drug convictions in Ohio, according to police.

When Oil City and Sugarcreek police and agents of  Pennsylvania Probation and Parole served a warrant on Cunningham at Knights Inn in Sugarcreek, she was found with Timothy Geiger, 29, of Oil City, who was wanted for violating probation and parole, police said.

Geiger was taken into custody and arraigned on new criminal charges for possession of suspected methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Cunningham was charged with felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, person not to possess or use a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license and criminal conspiracy.

Both were arraigned before District Judge Andrew Fish and committed to Venango County jail. Bail is set at $50,000 each.