PDT Staff Writer
Several major arrests were made during a two-day blitz by area drug enforcement officers on Thursday and Friday. Among those arrested was Jeremiah Blackburn, 27, of Minford, for a felony charge of having a weapon under disability. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Blackburn, described by Portsmouth Post Commander Karla Taulbee, as being a convicted felon, was in possession of a .22 caliber rifle. Troopers said a search of the suspect also produced a straw with white powder residue, which he reportedly told officers was a schedule-2 Tylox.
A man wanted for rape and robbery in Marion, OH, was also taken into custody. The man was pulled over in a traffic stop and gave officers a false name and continued to be evasive until the trooper was finally able to identify him as Joshua Stanley, 22, of Marion. He was found to have several felony warrants for his arrests entered by the Marion Police Department. Those warrants were for rape and robbery. An investigator from the Marion Police Department contacted the post after finding out Stanley was arrested. He then passed on his appreciation from the apprehension of the suspect considered dangerous.
Two people were arrested during the stop of a southbound vehicle from Dayton. Charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, were Stacey Dupree, 44, and Earl Jackson, 31, both of Dayton. Further investigation revealed Dupree was concealing 77 grams of heroin on her person.
Law enforcement officers focused on the drug problem during the two-day blitz. The multi-agency effort included the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office; the Portsmouth Police Department; the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office; the New Boston Police Department; the Scioto County Probation Office; the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ohio Investigative Unit; the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation; High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. As a result of the exercise, officers made seven OVI arrests; 10 felony arrests; executed four felony and eight misdemeanor warrants.
Taulbee said law enforcement has been able to make a lot of arrests locally because of inter-department cooperation. She said her department was involved in the arrest last week of Aaron Pack of Wheelersburg for armed robbery and theft charges. Pack was charged by both the New Boston Police Department and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office,
“I was proud of my people last week,” Taulbee said. “Our undercover agents hunted that guy all day long, following up on leads and leads and leads and leads. They finally found him. They gave him to New Boston, New Boston got a confession. They took him to the jail and Jodi (Conkel) got a confession, so all four agencies were involved in that and they worked well together. The Portsmouth Police Department went to the house with New Boston and got him. That’s how it works.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at firstname.lastname@example.org