Sheriff Matt Champlin announced that the Gallia County law enforcement community completed an investigation into the trafficking of narcotics on Tuesday evening, November 21, 2017 and Wednesday morning, November 22, 2017. One individual, Brandy J. Miller age 30 of Gallipolis, Ohio, is in custody following the outcome of that investigation.
According to information released by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop was conducted late Tuesday evening November 21, 2017 by a Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol near the intersection of State Route 160 and County Road 35 (Jackson Pike) for a traffic violation. A canine unit from the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office was summoned to the scene and, as a result, that canine unit allegedly detected the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was performed and as the investigation continued, Ms. Miller, the occupant of the vehicle, was detained while a search warrant was obtained. As a result of the execution of the search warran, Miller was allegedly found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. A subsequent search warrant was executed on Miller’s residence at 6 Hillcrest Drive, Gallipolis, Ohio, where a weapon, cash and additional items of evidentiary value were seized.
“This investigation is yet another example of how our law enforcement agencies are working jointly to attack the drug trade coming into our county from source cities. This case involved a rapid, intense investigation involving the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, The Gallipolis Police Department, The Ohio State Highway Patrol and The Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force and it prevented a large quantity of drugs from reaching our streets just before the Thanksgiving Holiday,” stated Sheriff Champlin. “This investigation is still ongoing and is being led by The Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force who will be in consultation with Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren’s office regarding charges on Ms. Miller.”
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, 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.