Two people are arrested and multiple types of drugs are found in Gallipolis following an investigation by a newly formed Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) task force.
Porter Mitchell, 38, of Gallipolis, and Michelle Walker, 36, of Rio Grande, are both charged with possession of drugs and possession of heroin.
According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, authorities served search warrants at P.J.'s Pool Hall and a neighboring residence on State Route 7 North in Gallipolis, finding more than 140 grams of powered cocaine, 11 grams of heroin and a small amount of ecstasy.
More than $18,000 in cash was also seized.
Investigators said the pool hall was a front for an ongoing drug trafficking operation.
They say Mitchell operated the establishment and lived next door.
Additional charges could be filed.
"The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission has the tools to help local law enforcement agencies fight crimes that cross county or state lines," said Attorney General DeWine. "Drug abuse is an issue in every corner of the state, and this is a great example of agencies working together in the fight against drugs."
“This case shows that the combined efforts of law enforcement working together in southeast Ohio can help put a dent in the drug trafficking that is fueling thefts and burglaries," said Gallia County Sheriff Browning. "We appreciate the assistance of our neighboring jurisdictions in the task force, and we will have future arrests as a result of the ongoing investigations they are conducting."
“Drugs are an ongoing problem in southeast Ohio, and now with the assistance of OOCIC we have the resources and the manpower to be even more aggressive against the people bringing these substances into our communities,” said Meigs County Sheriff Wood.