Two arrested in Addison Township search warrant


Staff Report



ADDISON TOWNSHIP — Sheriff Matt Champlin announced the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 420 Swisher Hill Road, Addison Township in Gallia County, Monday evening, Nov. 20, which resulted in the arrest of two Dayton men.

The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, executed a search warrant at approximately 7:11 p.m. the night in question. As a result of this investigation, suspected crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana were seized from the residence along with approximately $2,500 in cash and a firearm.

Taken into custody during this investigation were Darnell M. Jones A.K.A. “Cuz,” 36, and Dennis D. Cochran Jr., 31, both of Dayton. Jones is facing charges with possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, and having weapons while under disability. Cochran is facing charges with possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs.

“This investigation is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a dedicated group of law enforcement officers. These out-of-town drug dealers don’t seem to be understanding our message, but in the words of former President Ronald Reagan ‘if we can’t make them see the light, we will make them feel the heat,’” said Champlin.

“This investigation is still ongoing and is being led by the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force in consultation with Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren’s office,” said Champlin.

The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs is a state task force under the jurisdiction the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the task force was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Gallia and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Gallipolis City Police Department, the Middleport Police Department and both the Gallia and Meigs County Prosecutor’s Offices.

Champlin encourages the public to keep feeding his office tips either through his deputies or by leaving an anonymous message on the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 740-446-6555.

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Staff Report