Office of the Sheriff
For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Champlin, Gallia County Sheriff
Office: (740)446-1221 mchamplin@galliasheriff
Investigation of Narcotics Trafficking Results in Search Warrant
Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin has released a statement regarding a search warrant which was conducted at a residence on Rocky Run Road in Clay Township as a result of an investigation into the trafficking of narcotics.
“On Monday, March 22, 2021, Deputies executed a search warrant on a residence which was the end result of an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of narcotics from the residence. As a result of this search warrant, narcotics and cash were seized, as were other items of evidence that are associated with the drug trafficking, which has been occurring. Our investigative staff, along with our road patrol staff has worked diligently to respond to the ongoing complaints from our citizens regarding this nuisance to our community. I’m very happy to report that two individuals have been taken into custody as a result of today's hard work by your deputies. Those individuals are Eric W. Barnette, age 52, and Melissa R. Barnette, age 48, both reside at the residence where this search warrant took place. Further investigation regarding the evidence seized from the scene is currently underway and will continue. As this investigation continues, we will be in consultation with Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren and his staff to determine the appropriate criminal charges in an effort to hold these individuals accountable for their actions” stated Sheriff Champlin.
Sheriff Champlin further states “We would like to thank our citizens for their continued support of our undying pursuit to rid our community of this type of criminal behavior. We ask that you continue to utilize our tip line, 740-446-6555, to report any suspicious or illegal activity that you become aware of.”