-February 12th, 2017-
Sheriff Matt Champlin announced that the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Major Crimes Task Force, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Jason Holdren, Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney, executed a search warrant at a residence on Georges Creek Road in the early morning hours of February 12, 2017. Seized in the search was drug paraphernalia and suspected narcotics. Sheriff Champlin also stated that two individuals were taken into custody as a result of the search warrant. Arrested at the scene was Randy Reynolds, age 44 and Marci Reynolds, age 50, both of Gallipolis.
“I think our message is starting to sink in,” stated Champlin. “Let me make it perfectly clear; if you are addicted to drugs, we want to help you break your addiction but if you are making drugs, supplying drugs or are bringing drugs into our county, you have been put on notice! You and your drug pushing buddies are no longer welcome here in Gallia County. Our citizens are rising up against you and they will not tolerate your poison any longer,” commented Champlin.
Champlin once again praised the cooperation between the agencies involved and the officers that are working to take back Gallia County. “We have officers that have worked 30 hours straight to help us combat this problem and it is not because we have asked them too. I have had to tell some of them that they had to go home and get some sleep and spend time with their families,” stated Champlin. “That is the type of cops we have; they are committed to the cause and they are committed to making Southeastern Ohio a safe place to live and raise a family.”
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, the Gallipolis City Police Department, the Middleport Police Department and both the Gallia and Meigs County Prosecutor’s Offices.