April 18, 2024

Two in Custody in Middleport for Alleged Drug Activity

MIDDLEPORT, Ohio – Two people are in custody following the execution of a search warrant in Middleport for alleged drug activity.

According to Middleport Chief of Police Mony Wood, in the late evening hours of Tuesday, March 22, 2022 the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at the Brownell Avenue Apartments in Middleport after an investigation into drug trafficking coming from apartment nine.

“A search warrant was obtained for the apartment and entry was made into the residence by the Major Crimes Task Force with assistance from Officers with the Middleport Police Department and Deputies with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office. Two (2) individuals were taken into custody at the scene and were identified as Matthew Taylor, 26, of Middleport and Mckala Coon, 22, of Middleport,” read the statement.

While searching the residence task force agents allegedly located crystal methamphetamine, pills, digital scales, plastic baggies, drug abuse instruments, and several firearms. Matthew Taylor and Mckala Coon were both charged with felony drug trafficking and felony drug possession and were transported to the Middleport Jail where they are currently awaiting arraignment in the Meigs County Court.

“The Middleport Police Department is proud to be a member of the Major Crimes Task Force,” stated Chief Mony Wood. “The citizens are tired of the drug activity that plagues this community and we will continue to take these drug dealers off the street, one by one. We will continue to work in conjunction with the Major Crimes Task Force and all local agencies to protect our community and our children’s future from these drugs that ruin so many lives in our area.”

The Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe and Meigs Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of the Washington, Monroe, Morgan, Noble and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre, Middleport and McConnelsville Police Departments; the Washington, Morgan, Noble and Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office’s, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.