-January 2nd, 2017-

Sheriff Matt Champlin reports that within hours of taking office, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commissions Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs with the assistance of Gallia County Prosecutor Jason Holdren was able secure a search warrant after a lengthy narcotics investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office along with Task Force Agents executed the search warrant on January 2nd 2017 at approximately 12:45 am at 672 Cooper Road Gallipolis, Ohio.

Sheriff Champlin reported as Deputies and Task Force Agents approached the front door of the residence officers knocked and announced “Sheriff’s Office” “Search Warrant” as officers attempted to breach the door two shots were fired from inside the residence and exited near the door where officers were attempting to gain entry, moments later a male pushed a window open and tossed a firearm which landed in the vicinity of other officers at the rear of the residence, officers were able to make entry into the residence and detained Joseph M. Ellis and Amber N. Stewart. Gallia County Children’s Services were contacted due to Stewarts 5 year old son being home at the time of the incident.

Once the scene was secured Task Force Agents and Officers searched the residence and property located at 672 Cooper Road, Task Force Agents seized several items including a 22 caliber pistol, over 17 grams of heroin, marijuana and pills along with sets of digital scales, Agents also seized over 4,500.00 in cash money.

After conferring with Gallia County Prosecutor Jason Holdren Task Force Agents arrested Joseph M. Ellis age 35 and charged him with Felonious Assault a felony of the 1st degree with a spec of being a police officer, Trafficking in Heroin a felony of the 1st degree in the vicinity of a juvenile, Possession of Heroin with a gun spec a felony of the 2nd degree, Ellis was also charged with Child Endangerment a misdemeanor of the 1st degree. Ellis is incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail awaiting a court appearance. Amber N Stewart age 32 is charged with Trafficking in Heroin a felony of the 1st degree in the vicinity of a juvenile, Possession of Heroin a 2nd degree felony with a gun spec and Child Endangerment a misdemeanor of the 1st degree, she’s incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

Sheriff Champlin reported the Gallia County Sheriff Office, the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs, the Gallia County Prosecutor Jason Holdren and Gallia County Children’s Services were all on scene.

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. The task force is formed by the Gallia and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices, Gallipolis and Middleport Police Departments and the Gallia and Meigs County Prosecutor Offices.

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