Oneonta woman on the run is arrested and charged

By Brandi Bailey

Oneonta woman on the run is arrested and charged

February 24, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Marlee Ann Rickard, of Oneonta, was found and arrested on Sunday after fleeing from police earlier in the month.

Following a six-month narcotics investigation, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office and Oneonta Police Department discovered 35-year-old Marlee Ann Rickard and Christopher Root in possession of and selling heroin out of their home at 6 North 7th St.

Police have confirmed the two were a couple working together.

On Feb. 15, investigators performed a no-knock search at the residence. Rickard had fled, but through the search investigators found Root hiding in the attic.

He was arrested and is being held in the Otsego County Correctional Facility without bail due to previous felony charges.

Investigators learned Rickard had fled to Pittsfield, Mass., but was back in Oneonta Saturday afternoon.

Members of the Oneonta Police Department responded to Rickard's location and found her hiding the in basement.

She now faces charges of conspiracy and criminal nuisance, both felonies.

If convicted, Rickard faces up to four years in state prison.