POMEROY, Ohio – A large amount of methamphetamines, digital scales, money, firearms and packaging material were allegedly found after the execution of a search warrant in a multi-agency effort.
According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, just after midnight on December 28, 2018, the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia–Meigs along with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and the Middleport Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence of Michael Shawn Stewart located on State Route 7, Cheshire, Ohio in Salisbury Township. The search warrant was obtained with the assistance of the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James Stanley. Probable cause for the search warrant was obtained through an investigation by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Middleport Police Department and the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia–Meigs.
At the conclusion of the search of the residence agents with the Task Force allegedly seized a large amount of methamphetamines, digital scales, money, firearms and packaging material.
Officers arrested Michael Shawn Stewart, 32, at the scene of the search warrant for a Failure to Appear Warrant from the Meigs County Common Pleas Court. Agents with the Task Force will be consulting with the Meigs County Prosecutor James Stanley concerning charges in this matter. Stewart is currently housed in the Meigs County Jail awaiting a court appearance.
Sheriff Wood stated that this case was a group effort from local law enforcement and also wants to remind the citizens of Meigs County of the Sheriff’s Office’s Tip Line at (740)992-4682 for any information of illegal drug activity.
The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs is a state task force under the jurisdiction the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the task force was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Meigs and Gallia County Sheriff’s Offices, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Gallipolis City Police Department, the Middleport Police Department and both the Meigs and Gallia County Prosecutor’s Offices.