GALLIPOLIS FERRY — A Gallipolis Ferry man already in the home confinement program has been arrested for allegedly having a firearm in his possession.
Robert G. Stevens, 38, was arrested last week and charged with possessing firearm with a felony drug conviction. He was arrested by officers with Mason County Home Confinement and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. As of Monday, Stevens remained housed in the Western Regional Jail.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Stevens was allegedly found to be in possession of a Springfield .45-caliber semi-auto handgun while being prohibited from possessing the gun by virtue of having been convicted of a felony controlled substance offense involving a schedule II narcotic, hydrocodone.
This past Friday, an officer with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the allegation Stevens had a firearm in his possession and, as the complaint states, the officer knew Stevens had been on home confinement for “a considerable amount of time” and possession of a pistol while on home confinement was a violation of the program.
The information was relayed to an officer with Mason County Home Confinement who followed up on the investigation with assistance from the officer from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. A home visit was conducted at Stevens’ residence in Gallipolis Ferry during which the Springfield .45-caliber semi-auto handgun, along with a compound bow and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and a meth pipe, were allegedly found.
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