Portsmouth woman, Columbus man arrested in drug case


A Portsmouth woman and a Columbus man have been arrested on drug charges. Thirty-five year old Brandon Terrell Gripper of Columbus, Ohio, was issued an indictment on warrant for his arrest on charges of Trafficking and Possession of Cocaine, both felonies of the second degree, which had been issued by the Scioto County Common Pleas Court. Thirty seven year old Danni Rai Bendolph of 1902 Kendall Ave., Apartment J, was arrested for violating probation.

At approximately 10:38 a.m., Thursday, officers with the Scioto County Common Pleas Court Adult Probation Department, the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force and the Portsmouth Police Department with assistance from the Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Security Department, arrested Gripper on an indictment warrant for his arrest.

Officers said they located Gripper in a parked vehicle on Kendall Avenue in Portsmouth while remaining officers conducted a probation visit of the apartment of Bendolph’s apartment where they said small amounts of suspected cocaine and marijuana were seized from the apartment.

Gripper and Bendolph were placed in the Scioto County Jail. Gripper is being held without bail until he is arraigned in Scioto County Common Pleas Court, while Bendolph is being held by the probation department.

A case will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County grand jury for the consideration of additional felony drug charges.

Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware and Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini, said anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force can contact the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or email [email protected]. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

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By Frank Lewis

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