Two arrested in task force, GPD bust


Staff Report



GALLIPOLIS — On Wednesday, the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs, along with the Gallipolis City Police Department executed a search warrant at 62 Chillicothe Road in Gallipolis, locating multiple narcotics including alleged crystal methamphetamine and heroin inside of the residence.

Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer reports a search was executed at 62 Chillicothe Road in Gallipolis at the residence of Jeremy Collins, 38 and Georgiana Bechtle, 36. The search warrant was obtained by the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commissions Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties with the assistance of the Gallia County Prosecutor Jason Holdren’s Office.

Entry into the residence was made by the Gallipolis City Police Departments Special Response Team. Once entry was made into the residence, Task Force Agents began the search and located approximately five grams of alleged crystal methamphetamine and several grams of suspected heroin along with drug paraphernalia.

Task Force Agents arrested Collins, and charged him with possession and trafficking in methamphetamine, both felonies of the third-degree, and possession and trafficking in heroin, both felonies of the fourth-degree.

Also arrested at the residence was Bechtle. Task Force Agents have charged Bechtle with possession and trafficking in methamphetamine, both felonies of the third-degree and possession and trafficking in heroin, both felonies of the fourth-degree. She is also being held on a probation violation through the Gallia County Common Pleas Probation Department.

The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office canine unit also assisted in the search.

The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commissions Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Gallipolis Police Department and the Middleport Police Department as well as the Gallia and Meigs County Prosecutors Offices. The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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