BIDWELL — Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin announced that a search warrant was executed at an apartment in the Gallia Metropolitan Estates apartment complex located on Buckridge Road late Wednesday evening as a part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged trafficking of illegal drugs which resulted in the seizure of both drugs and money.
“At approximately 11:46 p.m., deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by the Gallipolis Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol in the execution of a search warrant at apartment 82 of the Gallia Metropolitan Estates on Buckridge Road,” said Champlin. “This investigation is being led by agents with the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force. During the course of the search warrant, illegal drugs and cash were seized from the apartment and this investigation is still ongoing at this time.”
“This case, again, involves individuals who have chosen to come to our community from source cities and spread their poison to our citizens,” Champlin continued. “These individuals should be paying closer attention to the resolutions of our local criminal cases involving drug trafficking so that they understand that the people of Gallia County have had enough and we will not tolerate them conducting business here in our county.”
The investigation is still ongoing and is being led by the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force who will be in consultation with Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren’s Office regarding charges. The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs is a state task force under the jurisdiction the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the task force was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Gallia and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Gallipolis City Police Department, the Middleport Police Department and both the Gallia and Meigs County Prosecutor’s Offices.
As of time of publishing, the sheriff said he could not comment on arrests at the time due to pending investigation.
Champlin encourages the public to keep feeding his office tips either through his deputies or by leaving an anonymous message on the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 740-446-6555.