GALLIPOLIS — Wednesday, William C. Burns, III, 39, of Bidwell, has been convicted of multiple drug charges, including two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas.
“Burns committed these crimes while serving a term of probation through the Gallia County Common Pleas Court. Judge Margaret Evans sentenced Burns to a 4-year prison term,” said Gallia Prosecutor Jason Holdren. “Mr. Burns has been selling heroin on Buck Ridge Road in Springfield Township for far too long and thanks to the diligent work of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force, the defendant is no longer a threat to our community.”
Burns was on probation for a previous drug charge, said the prosecutor.
Holdren commended his office staff and the investigating officers for a prompt and swift resolution to this case.
“I would to thank everyone who played a part in this successful prosecution. When concerned citizens collaborate with our law enforcement officers by providing necessary tips and information, we get great results,” Holdren said.
The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs is a state task force under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and was formed in September of 2013. The task force is formed by the Gallia and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices, Gallipolis and Middleport Police Departments and the Gallia and Meigs County Prosecutor’s Offices.