For Immediate Release

August 22, 2013

After receiving several anonymous tips and complaints about an indoor marijuana grow, Gallia County Sheriff Deputies conducted a knock and talk at a Springfield Township residence. Upon talking to the occupants of the residence the property owner acknowledged that there was a small indoor growing operation. While making a quick check of the property another building was located behind the residence that was locked. Upon asking for permission to search that outbuilding the owner became upset and became aggressive. Upon being advised that he was under arrest he continued to struggle and punched a Deputy in the face. After become combative, he was TASED and taken into custody. A search warrant was obtained by deputies for the property.
20 suspected marijuana plants were located at the back of the property, which were booby trapped with trip wire and a 12 gauge shotgun shell and a rat trap. 14 suspected marijuana plants were located in the back room of the residence along with 30 suspected marijuana starter plants. Weapons and two ATV’s were also confiscated. Charges include Assault and possessing Weapons Under Disability. Additional charges are pending further consultation with the county prosecutor.

Suspect: James M. Williams Age: 49 (Suspect photo is available at www.galliasheriff.org inmate photos.)

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