-March 31st,2017-

Sheriff Matt Champlin announced that Deputies from the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office have recovered a stolen John Deere Tractor that was taken from Bridgeport Equipment earlier this week. “I am happy to announce that we have located and returned the tractor to its rightful owner and that one person was taken into custody during the execution of the warrant,” stated Champlin. Champlin also stated that while deputies were serving a search warrant related to the theft, on Creek Road, just outside of the Village of Vinton, deputies located an active indoor marijuana growing operation. Also seized in the search warrant was drug paraphernalia, cultivation tools and other possible drugs of abuse. Gallia County Prosecutor, Jason Holdren, is being consulted in reference to the charges that the suspect(s) will face.

“This was an elaborate operation that was producing illegal drugs that pollutes our community. This type of crime breeds and feeds other criminal activity; like theft, robbery and assaults,” commented Champlin.

“I would also like to thank the honest, hardworking people of our area for their tips and their continued trust and support of our local law enforcement agencies as we battle on the frontline of the war on drugs.”said Champlin.

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