Oil City Missing Person Investigation Leads to Meth Charges

| January 14, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – While officers of the Oil City Police Department were conducting an investigation of a missing person report, officers received information that a known woman was allegedly distributing meth in the Oil City/Sugarcreek area.

An interview was conducted with a known male on December 30, 2017, at the Oil City Police Department. He told officers that Deidre Cunningham was bringing in large amounts of crystal methamphetamine from the Akron/Cleveland Ohio and that she is able to purchase meth at a cheap enough price that she could sell the drug in the Oil City area cheaper than any other drug dealer.

Further investigation into the related incidents listed above related that Cunningham did steal a .380 caliber firearm from a known man while at a residence on Hoffman Avenue in Oil City.

Police conducted many interviews throughout this investigation, and multiple persons did corroborate information listed above, relating to the drug activity conducted by Cunningham and of Cunningham being in possession of the above-listed .380 caliber firearm.

Through the course of the investigation, police learned Cunningham was previously charged and convicted of felony drug-related charges of Drug Trafficking in the state of Ohio, this charge disqualifying Cunningham to possess firearms in the state of Pennsylvania.

An arrest warrant was obtained for the arrest of Deidra Cunningham on the following charges:

– Delivery of Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, or Cosmetic, Felony
– Person Not to Possess, Use, Etc. Firearm, Felony
– Firearms Not to Be Carried w/o License, Felony
– Criminal Conspiracy, Felony

Based on information previously obtained, the Oil City Police, along with Sugarcreek Borough Police Department and Agents of the Pennsylvania Probation and Parole, traveled to the Knights Inn in the Sugarcreek Borough and served the arrest warrant on Cunningham.

She was found in the company of Timothy Geiger, who was wanted as an absconder from the Board of Probation and Parole. Geiger was taken into custody based on that status and subsequently arraigned on new criminal charges of possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Both Cunningham and Geiger were arraigned before District Justice Andrew Fish and lodged in the Venango County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 straight bail each.

Police did not release the name of the missing person connected to the case.


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