3 indicted for pattern of corrupt activity


By Frank Lewis

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Three people face charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity after drugs, guns and property were recovered in an arrest in the early morning hours of July 14.

Tracy Alex Fraley, 32, Amanda Potter-Fraley, 30, and Cindy J. Ferrell, 51, all of Portsmouth, were indicted by a Scioto County grand jury on a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity; receiving stolen property; conspiracy; two counts of possessing criminal tools; trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. Tracy Fraley faces 12 counts of trafficking in heroin, Amanda Potter-Fraley, five counts of trafficking in heroin and Cindy Ferrell, six counts of trafficking in heroin.

At approximately 2:07 p.m. on July 14, officers from the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force with assistance from officers and detectives of the Portsmouth Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence of the three subject.

Upon a search of the residence and property, officers said they seized approximately thirty grams of suspected heroin, two handguns, digital scales, and various items suspected of being derived from the proceeds of drug trafficking. The street value of the suspected heroin seized is approximately $4,200.

At the request of task force officers, Scioto County Children Services responded to the scene to assistance with the presence of a 10-year-old child.

Upon continuing their investigation, task force officers obtained consent to search Fraley’s Name Brands and Variety Store located at 1656 Gallia St., in Portsmouth. Additional items suspected of being derived from the proceeds of drug trafficking were seized from the business.

Fraley, Potter-Fraley, and Ferrell were arrested and charged.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis

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