City police arrest three in motel room raid
GALLIPOLIS - Three men were taken into custody by Gallipolis City Police following the execution of a search warrant at a motel room on Wednesday.
The search yielded an amount of cash, drug paraphernalia and drugs, mostly crack cocaine, said Lt. Keith Elliott. The exact amount of the drugs was not immediately available as it was yet to be weighed on Thursday.
Arrested were Antwon L. Richards, 20, Columbus, who was charged with possession of drugs and tampering with evidence; Clarence Roush, 48, 17812 Ohio 160, Vinton, charged with trafficking in drugs; and Leonard Jeff Maynard, 46, 342 Spruce St., Gallipolis, charged with what Gallipolis Municipal Court officials said were “numerous” warrants for failure to appear in court.
Maynard appeared in municipal court Thursday and was placed on $10,800 bond. He was returned to the Gallia County Jail, where Richards and Roush were also incarcerated following their arrests. Richards and Roush also remained in jail Thursday and had not yet made appearances in court.
Elliott said officers, acting on intelligence gathered during an ongoing drug investigation, served the warrant on Room 134 at the Blue Fountain Motel, 151 Upper River Road, around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The three men were found in the room “with a large amount of cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia,” Elliott said.
Elliott said the tampering with evidence charge against Richards arose after the suspect allegedly tried to dispose of the drugs.
Also, Richards allegedly fled custody by climbing out of the room's back window and running across Upper River Road to Birch Lane, Elliott said. A few minutes later officers, with K-9 unit Virago on hand, apprehended Richards near Johnson's Trailer Court.
“It was a good day,” Elliott said. “All of the officers involved did a super job. It's my hope we can do more of these raids in the future and get drugs out of Gallipolis.”
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