PDT Staff Writer
Drugs, guns and cash were among the items confiscated in a raid on a Portsmouth house over the weekend. Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said on Sunday, at approximately 9 a.m., members of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 1305 Mound St., in Portsmouth.
During a search of the residence Detectives found 6.2 grams of cocaine. Detectives also found a loaded Taurus 410 caliber handgun, a loaded 22-caliber handgun, two sets of digital scales and $4,322 in cash.
Manuel Lofton, 33, of 1305 Mound St. is charged with possession of cocaine, a fourth degree felony and two counts of having a weapon under disability, a third degree felony. Esther Mitchell, 63, also of 1305 Mound St. was arrested on a warrant from Scioto County Common Pleas Court for a probation violation.
Additional charges are expected when the case is presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury. It is also expected that additional people will be charged as a result of the investigation.
Ware and Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini thanked the public for their assistance and requested anyone who wishes to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force to contact the Portsmouth Police Department drug line at 740-354-DRUG (3784), or the Sheriff’s Office drug line at 740-351-1094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at email@example.com.