Authorities make massive drug bust
by Wayne Allen
PDT Staff Writer
The Southern Ohio Drug Task Force has made several major drug arrests, and confiscated eight firearms, approximately $216,000 in cash and 186 pounds of marijuana from Mexico, with a street value of $186,000.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini and Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said Friday at around 6:47 a.m., narcotics detectives executed a search warrant at the residence of Fredrick H. Jordan, III, 2233 Flatwood Fallen Timber Rd. in Lucasville.
According to Donini, Task Force officers had been conducting a long term investigation regarding thousands of pounds of Marijuana believed to have been brought into Scioto County from Mexico for the purpose of distribution over a significant period of time.
Information collected by Task Force officers, led to a search warrant being obtained and executed at the Flatwood Fallen Timber Road address.
Officers arrested Adam Casares, 35, of Donna, Texas; 37-year-old Marcelino Rodriguez of Donna, Texas, and Frederick H. Jordan III, 38. Casares and Rodriguez were charged with trafficking in marijuana within the vicinity of a juvenile, a felony of the first degree and possession of marijuana, a felony of the second degree. Jordan was arrested on a Warrant to Arrest on Indictment for a charge of trafficking in marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree.
Casares and Rodriguez are each being held in the Scioto County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond, while Jordan is being held without bond pending an arraignment in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.
Casares and Rodriguez are to be arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Monday at 9 a.m.
Sheriff Donini states that the investigation is ongoing and further arrests may be imminent.
Donini and Ware said anyone wanting to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force can contact the Sheriff’s Office drug line at 740-351-1094, the Portsmouth Police Department drug line at 740-354-DRUG (3784), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at email@example.com
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