Arrest at meth lab

By Frank Lewis -


One of the main attractions for visitors to the Portsmouth area is the scenic overlook on Rosemount Road in Portsmouth and law enforcement officers do not take kindly to someone cooking meth nearby.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini and Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at approximately 4:40 p.m., Estel Clinton Harr, 59, of Rhodes Avenue, New Boston, and 46 year old William Dell Large of Main Street, South Shore, Kentucky were arrested for the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree, in a wooded area approximately one mile from that scenic overlook.

Officers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources were investigating a complaint of poaching in the area when they said they spotted Harr and Large producing methamphetamine. Detectives with the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force as well as a deputy with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist.

Harr and Large were placed under arrest and suspected methamphetamine along with what authorities said was evidence of manufacturing was recovered.

Harr and Large were placed in the Scioto County Jail and was to be arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Wednesday 9:00 a.m.

The case against Harr and Large will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County grand jury for the consideration of additional felony drug charges.

Donini and Ware said anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force can contact the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or email All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.


By Frank Lewis

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.


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