Joint effort nets 100 pounds of pot, $750K

Stephanie Filson

August 24, 2013

CHESHIRE TWP — In a joint operation involving Gallia and Meigs counties, Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning and Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood announced Saturday that a major drug bust took place early Saturday, netting drugs, weapons and a whole lot of cash.

According to a release from the two agencies, sheriff’s deputies made a drug trafficking and weapons arrest overnight at a residence along Zuspan Hollow Road near the Gallia-Meigs county line.

Browning said two people were arrested after a search warrant was served in connection with a combined Gallia and Meigs county sheriff’s office investigation.

Gallia County residents Dennis C. Butcher and wife, Tammy L. Butcher, age 52, of 38067 Zuspan Hollow Road, Middleport, Ohio, were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Complicity to Drug Trafficking, Possession of Marijuana and having a Weapon under Disability — all felony 3 offenses. Deputies seized more than 100 pounds of packaged marijuana and more than $750,000 in cash from the search. The search took place at approximately 2 a.m.

Both Gallia and Meigs county Sheriffs were on scene with deputies from both offices. Sheriff Joe Browning Commented that

“The investigation into drug trafficking in both counties will continue as the tie-in with theft and burglaries is obvious with such high proceeds being located,” said Browning.

“The joint effort between the two Sheriffs’ offices is a direct result of information sharing, with a common goal of stopping the drug trafficking and thefts in our area,” added Wood.