“This task force turned up the heat on drug traffickers — coordinated roundups like this one effectively eradicate dealers and scramble operating patterns,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
Yost’s office and its affiliate, the Major Crime Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties, received assistance from U.S. Marshal’s Service when making the arrests.
“The U.S. Marshal’s Task Force is happy to partner with the Meigs and Gallia Task Force to assist them in this operation,” U.S. Marshal Peter Tobin said. “We’re always ready to take fugitives and drug traffickers off the streets to make the community safer.”
Twelve suspects were taken into custody Thursday as part of an investigation by the Major Crime Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties, which is part of Yost’s Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC). The task force includes the Meigs and Gallia county sheriff’s offices and prosecutor’s offices, the Gallipolis Police Department, the Middleport Police Department and the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
“Our law enforcement officers worked hard investigating the crimes of these defendants and have removed many of the biggest drug dealers from our community,” Meigs County Prosecutor James Stanley said. “These defendants no longer prey upon the weakest among us. Meigs County is much safer today because of the efforts of our officers.”
“I am proud of our Task Force for their efforts in securing the indictments for these individuals,” Meigs County Sheriff Keith Woods said. “We have received the public’s complaints on these drug dealers and we have responded with their arrests. If you live in Meigs County and you’re dealing drugs in our backyard, you will be caught and you will be prosecuted.”
The individuals below were indicted by a Meigs County grand jury:
• Jeanette Cline, Reedsville: 16 felony charges
• Dale J. Herman, Middleport: 5 felony and 2 misdemeanor charges
• Travis L. Isenberg, Middleport: 2 felony charges
• Erica D. Lavendar, Racine: 4 felony and 3 misdemeanor charges
• Kodie J. Murphy, Long Bottom: 3 felony charges
• Douglas E. Noel, Middleport: 11 felony charges
• J. Mulholland Quillen, Pomeroy: 13 felony charges
• Tristan T. Shealey, Middleport: 18 felony and 1 misdemeanor charges
• Phillip S. Smith, Middleport: 6 felony and 1 misdemeanor charges
• Anthony D. Starcher, Rutland: 6 felony charges
• Zackery Stobart, Middleport: 1 felony charge
• Michael J. Wyatt, Middleport: 7 felony charges
• The task force also arrested Aaron Vaninwagen, Middleport, on a child support warrant from the Meigs County Juvenile Court.
Indictments merely contain allegations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.