-February 18th, 2017-

Sheriff Matt Champlin announced that the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 1096 S.R. 141 near the intersection of Sanders Drive in Gallia County, early Sunday morning, February 19, 2017.

“Deputies, assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs County, seized a large quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia,” stated Sheriff Champlin.  Arrested were Tyree Dawkins, age 37, of Westerville, of on a charge of Trafficking in Narcotics and Jake A. Facemire, age 24 of Gallipolis onb a charge of Drug Abuse Instruments.

“I do not think the property owner got our message clear the first time,” stated Sheriff Champlin.  “This is the second time we have executed a search warrant at this residence in less than one month.  The investigation is still ongoing and our office is consulting with Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney, Jason Holdren regarding additional charges,” commented Champlin.

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.

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