Primary observations and strategies were developed by Oak Hill Police Officers Dave Ward and Wes Skaggs (Skaggs also serves as a Jackson Municipal Court Probation Officer).
The joint team was under the command of Oak Hill Chief Christopher Gruber accompanied by Sgt. Scott Hughes, Ptl. Dave Ward, Wes Skaggs, Chuck Bock, and Sean McIntyre. They were joined by the two undercover units from the Gallipolis City PD Drug Investigation Unit, Lt. Matthew Champlin and Officer Adam Holcomb; and also, Chief Bailiff Ray Venatter, and Deputy Chief Derek Cales from Municipal Court. Assisting in the effort was Officer Dago the Oak Hill Police Department drug canine.
A "tactical entry" was executed into the home at 410 Mill Lawn Avenue was made using a "stack formation" of all 10 participating officers forcibly entering through the front door of the home, in this case without announcement. The stack was led by Ptl. Chuck Bock as point man.
In the early-morning hours of Wednesday March 9, the Jackson Municipal Court was opened some time after 1 a.m. Judge Mark T. Musick issued a nighttime search and "no-knock warrant" directing the officers to make a non-consensual entry.
This type of warrant is often sought or issued only in cases where there is some indication requiring unannounced entry, that being officer safety or prevention of destruction of evidence.
This type of no-knock warrant required the court to be opened and the official record activated and evidence to be taken under oath. At 1:35 a.m., the no-knock warrant was issued by the judge after an on-the-record hearing authorizing the nighttime entry.
According to the court's news release, at approximately 4 a.m., the illicit cache of drugs had made its way down the "U.S. 23 Pipeline" by means of a private convoy from Toledo, and arrived at the 410 Mill Lawn Avenue home at Oak Hill.
Soon thereafter, the joint team moved as a single unit, jogging from a staging area a block or so away in a church parking lot under cover of darkness. All members of the stack wore appropriate vests and or body armor while making the tactical entry.
The tactical entry by stack involved all 10 officers lining up in a singular column while led by Officer Bock at the point and making a direct, unannounced, and forcible entry into the residence single-file with each odd- numbered officer in the stack breaking right, and each even-numbered officer in the stack breaking left.
Each officer then moved into a pre-assigned position of security, patrol, and search officers. Upon entry and break into function, the joint team found a group of approximately 18 persons all inside the two-person residence of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Schontner.
According to the court, the tactical entry was accomplished without violence or resistance. Recovered from one of the infant's pink diaper bags were at least 100 Percocets, 10 Vicodins, several bags of marijuana, three suboxone tablets, several roaches, an undetermined amount of cash and a syringe, pipes, and other paraphernalia.