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Task Force Says Pool Hall Used As Drug Trafficking Operation; Two Arrests Made

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Dec. 11, 2013 3:19 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013 11:51 PM EST

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Ohio Task Force
Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission Photo

Gallipolis , Gallia County , Ohio

The first bust for a newly formed task force was at a pool hall that investigators said was a front for a drug trafficking operation.

Porter Mitchell, 38 of Gallipolis and Michelle Walker, 36, of Rio Grande were charged with possession of drugs and possession of heroin.

On Tuesday just after midnight, the task force searched P.J.'s Pool Hall and a neighboring home on State Route 7 North in Gallipolis. Authorities said they found more than 140 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of heroin, a small amount of ecstasy and more than $18,000 in cash. Investigators said Mitchell operated the business and lived at the home next door. Investigators said the business was a front for an ongoing drug trafficking operation.

Teresa Killebrew runs an appliance store across from P.J.'s. She's said there was a lot of traffic from the pool hall.

"It's scary," Killebrew said. "You don't expect it here, in a big city but not a place like this."

The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission task force is comprised of the Ohio Attorney general, Gallia County Sheriff's Office, Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Middleport Police Department, Gallipolis Police Department, Gallia County Prosecutor's Office and the Meigs County Prosecutor's Office.



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