One Arrested in Chester for Alleged Drug Activity

CHESTER, Ohio – One person is in custody following an investigation into alleged drug activity in the county.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood, the Major Crimes Task Force along with Meigs County Sheriff’s Deputies worked an interdiction operation on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 in the area of Chester, Ohio.

“Prior to the operation task force agents began receiving information regarding the whereabouts of Shawn Price, 47, of Chester, Ohio. Price was being sought after for an indictment out of Meigs County Common Pleas Court after failing to appear for a hearing in 2020. Information was received by the task force that Price had left for the Columbus, Ohio area earlier in the day to pick up a shipment of drugs,” read the statement.

The statement from Sheriff Wood continued that at approximately 2 p.m. a vehicle was observed turning onto Erwin Road in Chester and the driver was identified as Shawn Price. A traffic stop was conducted by Sheriff’s Deputies and Task Force Agents and Shawn Price was taken into custody on the indictment.

“Upon a search of the vehicle Agents located large quantity of crystal methamphetamine, heroin, a large amount of cash, in addition to multiple firearms,” according to Sheriff Wood.

Shawn Price was transported to the Middleport Jail and is being housed on the indictment out of Meigs County Common Pleas Court. Additional charges of Possession of Drugs, a felony of the second degree, trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the second degree, and having weapons while under disability are pending lab results from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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.