Portsmouth police drug agent Steve Timberlake had received complaints Saturday about drug activity at 1407 Center St.
While operating a surveillance outside the house, police reportedly saw Albert A. Spears, 39, of 2120 Ninth St., Portsmouth, come out of the house with something in his left hand and a knife in his right hand. He walked to a vehicle.
A few minutes later, the man, with a woman identified as Kayla Crabtree, 28, of 184 Hall St., Sciotoville, started back across the street, at about the time another suspected drug dealer, Sam D. Holmes, 28, of 1612 Robinson Ave., Portsmouth, exited the house and watched the two as they were attempting to leave, and he reportedly went back into the house.
Police approached Spears and Crabtree on foot as they were preparing to drive away.
Timberlake said he saw Spears shoving something onto the floor of the vehicle and rubbing the white substance on his pants.
The two were removed from the vehicle, and officers recovered six off-white rocks of crack cocaine from the floor by Spears' feet and a black plastic tray where he had put the crack cocaine sitting on.
During the search, officers said they found a glass stem in his right pocket and white powder on both seats. Officers also searched Crabtree's purse, where they found a small pink pouch with a mirror and straw with residue, and a hose clamp fashioned into a scraper to remove coating from oxycodone tablets.
Both were arrested and taken to Scioto County Jail.
Spears also was found to have two warrants for his arrest through Portsmouth Municipal Court.
Spears faces charges of tampering with evidence, possession of drugs containing cocaine and two counts of failure to appear-issuance of warrant.
Crabtree is charged with possession of drugs containing cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.
Timberlake said he went to the back door of 1407 Center St., and when he was admitted, smelled the odor of marijuana. He also found Holmes, his girlfriend, Kayla Davis, and Cory Pullings, 30, of 2224, Ravenwood, Apt. 1, Dayton.
During the course of the search, when everyone was told to lay down on the floor for the protection of the police officer, Timberlake said he was told Davis was the one who held the drugs.
A female Ohio State High-way Patrol trooper was called in to search Davis, and when she was taken in the bathroom, she pulled a baggie containing crack cocaine from her genital area.
Holmes was charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs containing cocaine.
Pullings was charged with possession of drugs containing cocaine, and trafficking in drugs.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.