Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Fairfield
from the Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas, Case No.
KENNETH W. OSWALT ASSISTANT FAIRFIELD COUNTY PROSECUTOR FOR
P. WOOD FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT
William B. Hoffman, P.J. Hon. Craig R. Baldwin, J. Hon. Earle
E. Wise, J.
Christopher Beightler appeals the decision of the Fairfield
County Common Pleas Court overruling his motion to suppress
the evidence found at his residence, arguing that the warrant
was not supported by probable cause and the search was
OF FACTS AND THE CASE
The Fairfield County Sheriffs Department obtained a warrant
and searched Appellant's residence and discovered drugs
and firearms leading to the indictment of Appellant.
Appellant filed a motion to suppress the evidence of drugs
and firearms, contending the warrant was not supported by
probable cause. The trial court overruled the motion and
Appellant entered a plea of no contest to one count of having
weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, and
one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree
felony. He plead guilty to a one year firearm specification
and forfeiture specification and was sentenced to a total
term of 10 years and 29 days in prison, which included a
394-day prison sentence as a sanction for committing a new
criminal offense while on post-release control.
The warrant that ultimately lead to Appellant's
conviction was issued in response to an affidavit executed by
Detective Shawn Woodgeard of the Fairfield County
Sheriff's Office based upon seven categories of
1. Multiple tips regarding drug trafficking at 180 Sells Rd,
2. Information from John Arthurs, Jr;
3. Information from a confidential informant;
4. Surveillance of 180 Sells Rd, Apt H6 by the Fairfield
County Sheriffs Office;
5. Discovery of drugs discarded by Appellant ...