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26 arested in connection with drug trafficking investigation

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Mar 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, Gallia County Sheriff Joseph Browning, Gallipolis Police Chief Clinton Patterson, Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift, Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams, and Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins announced that 26 individuals have been arrested following a drug trafficking investigation in southeast Ohio.

Warrants have been issued for an additional 17 individuals.

Agents with the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties, which includes authorities from the above mentioned agencies, arrested the 26 suspects on a total of 51 charges in Meigs and Gallia counties this week. 

The investigation involves the trafficking and/or possession of several drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, and several types of prescription drugs.

Those arrested include:

    Leslie Storms, 42, Pomeroy

    Tina Storms, 40, Pomeroy

    Sarah Wood, 22, Pomeroy

    Ashley Smith, 24, Pomeroy

    Tonya Aeiker, 33, Rutland

    David Milliron, 34, Racine

    Felisha Stumbo, 27, Middleport

    Paula Gaster, 56, Middleport

    Willard Laudermilt III, 29, Middleport

    Amber Spradling, 29, Pomeroy

    Gary Kauff, 27, Middleport

    Heather Roush, 39, Middleport

    Daniel Jenkins, 20, Racine

    Tammy Thomas, 46, Middleport

    Amanda Holmes, 28, Gallipolis

    Tyrone Powell Jr., 28, Dayton

    Cole Simpson, 23, Gallipolis

    Taurean Ramsey, 35, Columbus

    Kelcie Baird, 20, Thurman

    Joseph Peck, 28, Thurman

    Raymone Jackson, 31, Galena

    Joseph Sexton, 20, Gallipolis

    Earl Hager, 55, Gallipolis

    Nancy (Kirk) Blackburn, 28, Gallipolis

    Porter Mitchell,38, Gallipolis

    Michelle Walker, 36, Thurman

A full breakdown of charges is available on the Ohio Attorney General's website. To learn more, click HERE.

Formation of the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties, which is part of the Attorney General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC), was announced in December.

"In the short amount of time that this task force has been in existence those involved have made significant strides in fighting drug trafficking in southeast Ohio," DeWine said. "Those in this area who are involved with drugs - especially heroin - should be on notice that law enforcement is watching."

"Today is a great example of the team work from the agencies involved in making this roundup a success," said Meigs County Sheriff Wood.  "I'm proud of this task force for their hard work to thwart the drug epidemic. We must continue to fight for our families and children to make southeast Ohio a safer place to live."

"I'm very happy with the success of this task force because it shows what can happen when law enforcement agencies work together to combat drug trafficking, which is a very serious issue in this part of the state," said Gallipolis Chief Patterson. "Being a part of this task force helps us erase jurisdictional boundaries between our agencies for the common goal of keeping our communities safe." 

In 2013, authorities working in OOCIC task forces across the state seized more than $14 million worth of drugs and more than $5 million in U.S. currency. 

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