The Village of Rio Grande Police Department, along with the Gallia County Sheriff's Office, the University of Rio Grande Police Department and the Gallia County Prosecutor's Office conducted a search warrant as part of a joint narcotics investigation at Garden Indoor Grow Inc., 195 Ohio 325 in Rio Grande.
The search warrant was the result of information received by the Gallia County Sheriff's Office from the Columbus Police Department on Sept. 25 that a UPS package addressed to the business was suspected of containing narcotics.
According to Rio Grande Police Chief Chris Dodson, a Columbus police drug sniffing K-9 had alerted on the package when it arrived at the Columbus Airport. After obtaining a search warrant, Columbus authorities opened the package and found it contained 12.4 pounds of marijuana, an approximate street value of $128,000, along with a petroleum-based grease and mustard, which authorities believed was used to attempt to conceal the odor from the dogs.
Gallia County authorities traveled to Chillicothe and took custody of the UPS package. Undercover law enforcement made a controlled delivery to the business, where an employee signed for the package.
Sgt. Danny Day of the Rio Grande Police Department received a search warrant from Gallipolis Municipal Judge Margaret Evans, which was executed on Thursday.
Inside the business, authorities seized the package of marijuana, along with other items of evidence believed to be directly or indirectly related to drug trafficking.
Day is consulting with the Gallia County Prosecutor's Office about possible felony charges.
Dodson commended Day and all the participating agencies for their cooperation that led to the seizure, and encourages anyone who may know of illegal drug trafficking to contact the Village of Rio Grande Police Department or the Gallia County Sheriff's Office.
“Local law enforcement will continue to work together to actively investigate all information received of drug trafficking within the village of Rio Grande and Gallia County,” said Dodson.