Items confiscated. Submitted photo

POMEROY, Ohio – Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports that on Saturday, July 14, 2018 his office received information that two black males and a white female were parked in a vehicle behind a residence located on Story’s Run Road in Middleport and were presently selling large amounts of narcotics out of the vehicle. Deputy Campbell, Deputy King, Deputy Leggett, and Sgt. Stewart responded to the area and attempted to make contact with the alleged suspects.
Deputies approached the residence and located the vehicle that matched the description and was occupied by two black males and a white female. As deputies made contact with the suspects, a short pursuit took place before the three individuals were taken into custody. Deputies located two large plastic baggies that contained approximately 80 grams of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana. Taken into custody was Michael Lee Cook aka “Blue”, 49, of Dayton, OH along with Derrick Lee Cook, 40, of Dayton, OH and Nancy J Johnson, 37, of Gallipolis.
The suspects were all charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Crack Cocaine, all felonies of the second and third degree. The case has been turned over to the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force who will consult with Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K Stanley about the case. Further charges are pending at this time.

“We continue to send our message to these drug dealers that you are not welcome in our community” stated Sheriff Wood. “My office, along with the task force are committed to finding you and arresting you for bringing this poison into our community.”

The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs is a state task force under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission which is part of the Ohio Attorney General Office. The task force was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Meigs and Gallia County Sheriff Offices, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Middleport Police Department, the Gallipolis City Police Department and both the Meigs and Gallia County Prosecutor’s Offices.