Law enforcement execute search warrant on New Hope Road, arrest made

Amanda Honaker

Law enforcement execute search warrant on New Hope Road, arrest made

CHESTER, Ohio – Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood reports that in the late-night hours of Saturday, March 6, 2021 Agents with the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force as well as Deputies with his office and Officers with the Middleport and Syracuse Police Departments executed a search warrant at 36380 New Hope Road in Chester, Ohio after a long investigation into the trafficking of illegal narcotics coming from the residence.

Deputies were able to obtain probable cause for the search warrant earlier in the evening and a search warrant was obtained for the residence. According to Task Force Agents, when entry was made into the residence multiple subjects were found to be inside. All subjects were detained at this time and secured while a search of the residence took place. After a search of the residence Task Force Agents reportedly recovered a large quantity of methamphetamine being over 5x the bulk amount but less than 50x the bulk amount. Also seized from the residence was a small amount of heroin, plastic baggies, digital scales, and items of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the scene was Amanda L. Honaker, 44, of Chester for Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a felony of the second degree and Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, also a felony of the second degree. Honaker was transported to the Middleport Jail where she awaits her arraignment in Meigs County Court on the charges.

“My Office has received several complaints regarding drug trafficking occurring at the residence on New Hope Road. I am thankful tonight for the efforts and swift action taken by our Major Crimes Task Force to shut down this drug trafficking operation. This case was a success for our county and I want to thank our local law enforcement agencies in Meigs County for providing additional assistance when we needed it.” Stated Sheriff Wood

Sheriff Wood would like to thank the Middleport, Pomeroy, and Syracuse Police Departments for their assistance during the search warrant.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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’s Office. The task force was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Meigs and Gallia County Sheriff’s Offices, the Gallipolis City Police Department, the Middleport Police Department and both the Meigs and Gallia County Prosecutor’s Offices.