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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A Portsmouth woman has been arrested on drug charges and at the same time, had her residence condemned.

Cynthia Fletcher Rowe, 31, of 1665 Eighth St., is charged with the illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree, and on an outstanding warrant from Portsmouth Municipal Court for failing to appear for a charge of passing bad checks.

Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said at approximately 10:06 a.m. Monday, members of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, discovered an active one pot methamphetamine lab in the basement of 1665 Eighth St. in Portsmouth.

With the assistance of the Portsmouth Fire Department, task force detectives arrested Rowe and removed the vessel containing the methamphetamine lab from the residence to process and neutralize the contents.

Rowe was placed in the Scioto County Jail on a $26,000 bond.

Due to the methamphetamine lab and the deplorable living conditions found inside the residence, the Scioto County Health Department responded to the scene and condemned the residence.

Ware and Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini thanked the public for their assistance and requested anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, to contact the Portsmouth Police Dept. drug line at 740-354-DRUG (3784), the Sheriff’s Office drug line at 740-351-1094 or at drugs@sciotocountysheriff.com. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com

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