-March 6th, 2017-

Sheriff Matt Champlin announced that as a part of the ongoing joint effort to eliminate the flow of illegal narcotics circulating throughout Gallia County and the surrounding areas, officers with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol have intercepted a large quantity of narcotics through a routine traffic stop and the investigation which followed.

In the early morning hours of March 6, 2017, 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, age 24, of Detroit, Michigan and Keisha Hawkins, age 27, of Saint Albans, West Virginia.

Troopers along with detectives from the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office developed information from their investigation, which lead them to believe that Ms. Hawkins was concealing narcotics inside a body cavity.  As a result, Ms. Hawkins voluntarily produced a large quantity of what is believed to be heroin from her body.  Officers will consult with Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdern’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 Sheriff 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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