UPDATE: Authorities charge Gallipolis man after raid on Sunday

Published: Nov. 8, 2020 at 8:44 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2020 at 3:10 PM EST
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GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 11/9/20 3:10 P.M.

A Gallia County man is facing drug charges in the aftermath of a raid early Sunday afternoon in Gallia County, authorities said.

Sheriff Matt Champlain announced the arrest of Thomas Patrick, 50, of Gallipolis, Ohio, on Monday. He is charged with trafficking and possession of methamphetamine following the raid on Safford School Road.

Champlain said authorities recovered a “very large” amount of what is believed to be crystal meth from the home, along with other narcotics, several firearms and more than $13,000 that is believed to be proceeds from drug trafficking. The drugs were sent to the Ohio Attorney General’s crime lab for testing, Champlain said, adding that some of the firearms seized are believed to have been stolen.

More charges are possible as the investigation continues, Champlain said.


Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin said in a Facebook post on Sunday that deputies had recovered a “large quantity” of suspected methamphetamine from a Green Township residence. Other suspected narcotics have been recovered as well.

Champlin said the warrant was based on an investigation into the trafficking of drugs started by the department’s road patrol division, who have been assisted by the investigative team.

The investigation is still ongoing, but the sheriff says further information will be released at a later time.

“We appreciate your continued support and your tips. Pleas keep them coming,” said Champlin.

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