(Posted Dec. 4, 2019)
Steven B. Derifield, 41, of London was sentenced on Dec. 3 to 16 to 21 years in prison, with a mandatory incarceration of 14 years. This is the result of convictions handed down by a Madison County jury on Dec. 2.
Derifield was found guilty on three counts, including three drug possession charges, felonies of the first-, second- and third-degrees, as well as one count of having weapons under disability that was tried to the court. In addition to the incarceration imposed by Judge Eamon Costello, Derifield was given total fines of $23,000.
The charges stemmed from a search warrant conducted by the Madison County Major Crimes Task Force on May 30 at 501 Clinton St., London. The task force comprises investigators from the London Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives seized cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin from the residence, as well as five handguns Derifield possessed illegally due to his status as a convicted felon at the time of the seizure. Nicholas Adkins, Madison County assistant prosecuting attorney, prosecuted the case.
Madison County Sheriff John Swaney and Chief Glenn Nicol highly encourage community members to continue to forward any information or tips to their respective offices. While investigations may take time, community involvement is paramount to successfully combatting all types of crime, especially drug trafficking, they said.
The public can submit anonymous tips through the Sheriff’s Office website, www.madisonsheriff.org/, or the London Police Department’s mobile app, available for free download to iPhone and Android devices (search for “London Ohio Police Division”).