Sheriff Matt Champlin announced that the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 420 Swisher Hill Road, Addison Township in Gallia County, Monday evening, November 20, 2017.

The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office working in conjunction with the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force and the Ohio State Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at approximately 7:11 p.m. on November 20, 2017. As a result of this investigation, crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana were seized from the residence along with approximately $2,500 in cash and a firearm.

Taken into custody during this investigation were Darnell M. Jones A.K.A. “Cuz”, age 36, and Dennis D. Cochran Jr., age 31, both of Dayton, Ohio.  Mr. Jones is being charged with possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, and having weapons while under disability.  Mr. Cochran is being charged with possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs.

This investigation is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a dedicated group of law enforcement officers.  These out of town drug dealers don’t seem to be understanding our message but, in the words of former president Ronald Raegan, “if we can’t make them see the light, we will make them feel the heat, commented Sheriff Champlin.

This investigation is still ongoing, according to Sheriff Champlin, and is being led by The Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force in consultation with Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren’s office. The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs is a state task force under the jurisdiction of 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, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Gallipolis City Police Department, the Middleport Police Department and both the Gallia and Meigs County Prosecutor’s Offices.

Sheriff Champlin encourages the public to keep feeding his office tips either through his deputies or by leaving an anonymous message on the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 740-446-6555.

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