Two arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

Staff Report

GALLIA COUNTY — In the early morning hours Monday, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Gallia Sheriff’s Office arrested two for possession and trafficking of narcotics after law enforcement found suspected narcotics taken from a body cavity.

A trooper from the Gallia-Meigs Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Gallia County based on a traffic violation. As a result of that stop and the investigation that ensued, two individuals were taken into custody and booked into the Gallia County Jail on charges of possession of narcotics and trafficking in narcotics. Those individuals are Eddie Bryant, 24, of Detroit, Mich., and Keisha Hawkins, 27, of Saint Albans, W.Va.

Troopers, along with detectives from the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, developed information from their investigation, which led them to believe that Hawkins was concealing narcotics inside a body cavity. As a result, officials state Hawkins voluntarily produced what law enforcement has called a large quantity of what is believed to be heroin from her body. Officers will consult with Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren’s office regarding charges stemming from this investigation.

“This is another prime example of the exemplary work that our officers here in Gallia County are doing,” stated Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin. “It’s all about team work. All of the law enforcement agencies are working together like never before to take the fight to the drug dealers who are polluting our fine county. This is a fight we can win, but we need the public’s continued support to rid our county of this trash that is polluting and taking over the lives of our loved ones.”

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