Oneonta couple both in police custody following drug investigation

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - An Oneonta woman on the run from police for more than a week was arrested Saturday afternoon by Otsego County Sheriff deputies.

35-year-old Marlee Rickard was allegedly on the run after police attempted to arrest her on drug charges. Law enforcement officials say she was located at 501 Main Street in Oneonta after receiving a tip that she was hiding in the basement.

Rickard was wanted by authorities after a six-month narcotics investigation. In August, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office and the Oneonta Police Department executed a search warrant of 6 North 7th Street in Oneonta, the residence of Rickard and Christopher Root. At the time, two Utica men were also arrested and later pled guilty for conspiring to possess and sell narcotic drugs at the same residence.

Authorities say Root and Rickard allowed other parties to possess and sell heroin at their home, profiting in the process.

On February 15, law enforcement responded to the home in order to arrest Root and Rickard on the felony charges. Neither would answer the door so investigators say they obtained a warrant of arrest. Deputies and patrolmen searched the residence and found Root hiding in the attic. He was arrested without incident.

Rickard had left the residence and officials say they believed she had fled New York State for the City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Instead, she was hiding at the Main Street residence.

Rickard was sent to the Otsego County Correctional Facility on charges of conspiracy and criminal nuisance. If convicted, officials say Rickard faces up to four years in state prison.

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