Amid the drug epidemic plaguing Portsmouth for years, another man has been arrested on drug charges.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini and Interim Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer announced Thursday Travis Grier, 40, was arrested Wednesday. The Portsmouth man was apprehended before noon by officers of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force at his home.
The coalition existed of narcotics detectives from the Scioto Sheriff’s Office and the Portsmouth Police Department. FBI agents, Portsmouth P.D. SWAT, as well as a canine team aided in the search.
An additional detective from the Sheriff’s office participated in the warranted narcotics search on Scioto Trail. Grier was arrested at his home, 2522 Scioto Trail.
At his residence, officers seized approximately 63 grams of heroin and 55 grams of cocaine. Some were prepackaged, ready for sale.
With it was a loaded 9mm handgun, $7,000 cash, digital scales and a GMC Yukon Denali. Additional evidence of drug trafficking was also found. An estimated street value of drugs seized was set at $12,000.
On charges of ‘Trafficking’ with both Heroin and Cocaine, felonies of the first degree, Grier was arrested. Along with ‘Having a Weapon While Under Disability,’ a 3rd-degree felony.
After the arrest, Grier is now in the Scioto County Jail with an original bail at $350,000. His arraignment was held Thursday at the Portsmouth Municipal Court, where his bond was lowered.
The bond is now set at $215,00 and will attend court once more, Jan. 23.
Currently, the case is still under investigation. Upon the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office receiving the information it will be presented to a Scioto County grand jury for consideration of additional charges.
Sheriff Donini and Chief Brewer would like to extend their thanks to the medics with the Portsmouth Fire Department for their involvement in the warrant execution. Any information can be forwarded to the Task Force tip line (740) 354-5656 with a confidential anonymity guarantee.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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