MIDDLEPORT — A Middleport man was arrested Wednesday after a raid on his home turned up numerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash.
Lewis G. Bryant, 38, was taken into custody after authorities served a search warrant at his 276 Sycamore St. home. He was placed under arrest for alleged possession of 16 grams of heroin. Other items seized in the raid were scales, prescription pills, suspected marijuana and $1,316 cash.
Bryant has been charged with second-degree felony possession of heroin and is currently in the Middleport Jail awaiting a court appearance in Meigs County Common Pleas Court.
“This is an ongoing effort to help eradicate drug trafficking from all of our communities and assure our communities are a safe place to live,” Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift said. “I’m proud of the effort being put forth by the task force and all the offices and departments involved.”
The raid was conducted the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs, with assistance from the Middleport Police Department and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.
This arrest is the second arrest in less than a week by the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs with aid for local law enforcement.
On Friday, Nov. 6, two people were arrested after a drug bust at 42994 Lot 2, State Route 124 in Pomeroy.
The task force, with assistance from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, served a warrant at the home of Paul McDaniel III. According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, the task force was able to get a warrant through intelligence and investigatons.
Once the task force and sheriff’s office made entry into the home, they detained Jordan Lekei Alexander, 24, of Detroit, after checking for warrants. Alexander was then placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant from Charleston for dangerous drugs.
According to Wood, while the task force was continuing their search of McDaniel’s home in Syracuse, Meigs County Deputy Curtis Jones noticed McDaniel’s vehicle on a road in Syracuse and stopped it for an initial equipment violation. McDaniel was then detained as well.
Back at McDaniel’s residence, officials seized approximately 24.8 grams of suspected heroin, $1,780 in cash and scales used to weigh drugs.
Both McDaniel and Alexander have been charged with second-degree felony possession of heroin and are both currently awaiting court dates in Meigs County.
The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Major Crime Task Force of Gallia-Meigs was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Meigs and Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and the Middleport and Gallipolis Police Departments. The Ohio Organized Crime Commission is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
“I’m very proud of all the agencies involved in the task force and they will continue to push forward and combat the drug issues that our communities are facing,” Wood said.
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