Drug Raid

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Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports that the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commissions Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs along with assistance of the Meigs County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at a residence located at 47360 Horse Cave Road in Racine, Ohio. Once entry was made and the residence was secured, 48.6 grams of heroin, 50.7 grams of crack cocaine, several pounds of marijuana and 947 oxycodone pills were located at the residence along with a large indoor grow operation for marijuana was found. Also seized was approximately $28,618.00 in cash which was found inside a safe lying next to the illegal narcotics. 

During the search eight firearms were located and one was found to be stolen out of Columbus, Ohio. Arrested at the residence was Bruce Fleming, age 59, and Laurel Hazelette, age 55, who both reside at the residence. Both are currently incarcerated and charged with possession of drugs with are felonies of the first degree. Other charges are possible once the case is presented to the Meigs County Grand Jury.

The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commissions Major Crimes Task Force is a part of the Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewines Office which was formed in September of 2013. The Task Force consists of members from the Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Middleport Police Department, Gallia County Sheriff's Office, and the Gallipolis City Police Department. 

"The planning of this case has been very clear that we will follow our mission of closing down the drug problem. The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs works very hard to be successful in shutting down the drug dealers in our communities. These cases continue to support our efforts to move forward and protect the citizens of Meigs and Gallia counties." - Meigs County Sheriff, Keith O. Wood

Bruce Fleming

Recent Burglaries

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Sheriff Keith Wood reports that on September 22, 2015, his office received a phone call of a burglary in progress on Townsend Road in Scipio Township. Deputies responded to the Stanley residence as a neighbor had observed a suspicious vehicle in the area driving by their residence several times. Shortly afterward, the car was observed pulled over to the side of the road with the trunk open. When the neighbor inquired as to what the male subject was doing he stated that he was checking on his tires and that is when the neighbor decided to take photos of the vehicle before the male subject started to leave the area when someone yelled from the woods. At that time, Dorothy Morgan, age 29 from Albany, came out of the woods stating that she had been to Ed Stanley’s residence to retrieve a title. At that time the male subject in the car, Ricky Gibbs, age 45 from Middleport came back and picked up Dorothy and left. The neighbor went to Ed Stanley’s residence and made contact with Ed about what was happening and that is when Ed found he had two firearms stolen from his residence and officers returned those firearms to Stanley. Upon checking the place where Dorothy Morgan came out of the woods, Stanley’s two firearm were located.

Deepest Condolences

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The Meigs County Sheriff's Office would like to send our deepest and dearest condolences to Deputy Josh Ridenour and his family for the loss of his infant son, Holden. Please keep Deputy Ridenour and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.