GALLIPOLIS – The effort to battle drugs continues in Gallia County as officials are heralding the conviction and sentencing of a woman that played a roll in Dayton drug pipeline.
Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren announces the recent conviction and sentencing of a female, Marekia L. Jones, 34, of Dayton, Ohio. On January 17, 2017, Jones pled guilty to Trafficking in Drugs, specifically heroin, a felony of the first degree.
“Ms. Jones was sentenced to a four-year prison term and ordered to pay a mandatory fine in the amount of $10,000. This is a good first step in our efforts to cut drug ties from larger cities to Gallia County. I want to target the drug pipeline from Detroit, Columbus, and Dayton to our community; and these are the kind of convictions we need to do just that.” said Prosecutor Holdren.
Holdren commended the efforts of local law enforcement officers. “This case was initiated by Trooper Chris Finley of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and was followed up with a K-9 alert from then, Lt. Matt Champlin, of the Gallipolis City Police Department. It is this type of collaboration between offices that is vital in combating the heroin issues facing our county. This case should begin to send the message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Gallia County.”