Nearly $17,000 cash, nearly 2,000 Oxcycodone pills and heroin, cocaine and marijuana have been confiscated and five people arrested Monday at a drug bust in Portsmouth. Arrested were Antonne Perkins, 41, who lists his address as Portsmouth, but who is known to be from Michigan; Tyrone Dixon, 27, of Cleveland; Daniel C. Pippen, 34, and Dwayne A. Durr, 42, both of Detroit, Mich., and Maurice Williams, 30, of Muskingon, Mich. Officers from the Portsmouth Police Department and Scioto County Common Pleas Court, acting on an anonymous tip of drug activity at the residence of probationer Catherine Lansing, conducted a home visit Monday at her residence at 518 Sixth St. in Portsmouth. Officers said they had to force entry into the residence after the occupants refused to open the door. Once inside, officers report finding about 117 grams of marijuana, nine grams of cocaine, three grams of heroin, 1,824 30-mg Oxycodone pills and nearly $17,000 cash. Portsmouth Police Narcotics Detective Steve Timberlake stood in front of a table containing bags of suspected drugs and numerous bags of money. This one (baggie) has 83 pills, but it has three grams of heroin. But for the majority they have anywhere from right around 100 pills, for a total of 1,824 30-mg Oxycodone, with an average selling price of up to $30 apiece on the street, Timberlake said. Of course, we have four bags of marijuana here, all the cash was also taken from the residence. Over $3,000 of it was just thrown on the floor in the corner of a bedroom where we found four of the suspects. The other one was found at the top of the stairs. Timberlake also showed a set of digital scales for weighing the cocaine or the heroin. It is usually the practice of narcotics agents to confiscate vehicles as well. There were no vehicles, Timberlake said. Our understanding is that they are catching a bus from the Detroit area to Chillicothe, and being picked up by local people, and then transported on into Portsmouth where they were set up for however many days were necessary to sell what they have, and then they will go back to Michigan and start over. Timberlake talked about what has become known as the Detroit pipeline. It all started out, of course, we all heard where they were going into Huntington (W.Va.) and Charleston (W.Va.) and so on, and I believe that they have now just filtered into Portsmouth or Scioto County, Timberlake said. They will, of course, continue to do so until we can try to stop it. But its big money, and they will continue to come down as long as they think they can do it and get by with it. Timberlake praised the Scioto County Prosecutors Office for what he said was their hard work in prosecuting the cases of those the police and other agencies arrest. The court probation office is also always a great deal of help, Timberlake said. And were doing everything we can to intercept it when it gets here or before it gets here. All five people arrested are charged with possession of Oxycodone 121 times bulk, which is a first-degree felony that carries a Major Drug Offender specification; trafficking in Oxycodone 121 times bulk, also a first-degree felony and also carrying a Major Drug Offender specification; a felony possession of heroin charge; a charge of possession of cocaine and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. Timberlake said Lansing was not at home at the time of the arrests. The probation department has advised us that there is a warrant for the arrest of Catherine Lansing, Timberlake said. If anyone should happen to know where she is they can call the Portsmouth Police Department or the Common Pleas Court Probation office and advise them of her location. Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner said he is encouraging anyone in Portsmouth to call in reports of drug activity to (740) 354-3784 (DRUG) and Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said anyone in the county can call in reports of drug activity to the Sheriffs Office at (740) 354-7566.
Frank Lewis may be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.