GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man was arrested over the weekend after law enforcement uncovered suspected drugs, guns and cash at his home.
Agents with the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs arrested Jessie J. Collins, 65 of of the 7400 series of Symmes Creek Road, Patriot, and charged him with second-degree felony possession of methadone, two counts of third-degree felony possession of oxycodone, fifth-degree felony possession of oxymorphone, and fifth-degree felony possession amphetamines. Law enforcement officials say more charges are pending.
Collins is incarcerated at the Gallia County Jail on a $100,000, 10 percent bond.
According to Sheriff Joe Browning, agents with the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs and members of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office’s SRT (Special Response Team) entered Collins’ home armed with a search warrant and allegedly found several suspected prescription pain medications, along with almost one pound of suspected marijuana, 22 firearms and $12,700 cash.
Agents searched a nearby mobile home they say was located on the property and allegedly found three rooms containing artificial lighting and irrigation equipment and about 74 suspected marijuana plants.
“We are glad to participate in the task force and appreciate the resources this group brings to Gallia County,” Browning said. “Drug abuse is a problem that knows no boundaries as far as age, economic status or background and can affect any family. We will continue to pursue charges on those that would victimize our community with illicit drug sales.”
The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs counties was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Gallia County and Meigs County sheriff’s offices, and Middleport and Gallipolis police departments. The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.