Last updated: September 25. 2013 7:57PM - 3542 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County woman who was arrested late last month after nearly 80 pounds of marijuana and three quarters of a million dollars were confiscated from her home along the Gallia-Meigs line was recently arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.

Tammy L. Butcher, 52, was arrested along with her husband, Dennis C. Butcher, 60, at their residence located at 38067 Zuspan Hollow Road, Middleport, Ohio, at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, August 24.

According to the original complaint filed with the Gallipolis Municipal Court in this case, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, working closely with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, obtained a search warrant for the Butchers’ residence, and, upon executing the warrant last month, deputies seized approximately 79 pounds of marijuana inside the residence and garage, as well as firearms and approximately $757,000 in cash.

The pair later made initial court appearances in the municipal court where they were charged with drug possession and trafficking. Dennis Butcher was also charged with having weapons under disability. Tammy Butcher’s bond was set at $50,000, 10 percent, while her husband’s bond was set at $100,000, 10 percent. Bond was later posted for each suspect’s release from the Gallia County Jail.

Earlier this month, both cases were bound over to the common pleas court where they were subsequently heard by a grand jury.

Tammy Butcher later appeared on a summons for arraignment last week, and pleaded not guilty to a second degree felony charge of possessing 35,830 grams of marijuana, as well as a second degree drug trafficking charge for preparing the drug for sale and distribution.

Her bond was continued from municipal court, and she was released from custody.

A jury trial in this case has been set for January 28. A negotiated plea agreement may be filed by December 27.

Public defender Barbara Wallen is representing Tammy Butcher in this case.

Dennis Butcher is reportedly scheduled to appear on a summons on October 4 in the common pleas court for his arraignment hearing. He has reportedly retained counsel in this case.

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