4 arrested in Otway raid

Staff Report

Drugs, guns and cash were found when local law enforcement executed a search warrant in Otway Thursday. Four people were arrested at the scene.

Multiple agencies were involved in the apprehension, including Scioto County Sherriff, Portsmouth Police, FBI, FBI Swat and Southern Ohio Drug Task Force. According to a press release from the Scioto County Drug Task Force, officers executed related search warrants on Big Bear Creek and Dodds roads in Otway.

Search warrants were executed at the residences of 55-year-old Maudie Lynn Tomblin, located at 1692 Big Bear Creek Road, and 22-year-old Reginald Ykeene Hamilton, of 10 Dodds Road.

“Upon a search of both residences and properties, officers seized approximately 44 grams of suspected heroin, 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine (known as “ice”), several suspected oxycodone pills, marijuana, six firearms, approximately $2,500 cash, additional evidence of drug trafficking and a stolen four-wheeler.

Tomblin was arrested on a warrant to arrest on indictment that had been issued by the Scioto County Common Pleas Court for drug trafficking and was also charged with possession of drugs, a felony of the second degree.

Hamilton and 18-year-old Julissa Patino Garfias, also of the Dodds Road address, was charged with possession of drugs and unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, both felonies of the fifth degree. Hamilton was additionally charged with having a weapon while under disability, a felony of the third degree. A detention holder was also to be placed on Hamilton by the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Adult Probation Dept.

Randall Ward age 37, of the 1692 Big Bear Creek Rd. address, was arrested on an outstanding warrant that had been issued by the Portsmouth Municipal Court.

All arrestees were placed in the Scioto County Jail and were arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct 13.

The case is still under investigation and will eventually be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury for the consideration of additional felony charges.

Sheriff Marty Donini and Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware request anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, should phone the Task Force tip line at (740) 354-5656 or email drugs@sciotocountysheriff.com. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

Staff Report