Narcotics search warrants lead to arrests


Staff Report



Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini and Interim Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer announced Tuesday a Portsmouth man has been arrested and drugs, guns, and cash were seized during three narcotics search warrants executed simultaneously Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at approximately 1:07 p.m.

The Southern Ohio Drug Task Force assisted by Portsmouth P.D. SWAT, Chillicothe P.D. SWAT and additional law enforcement personnel from the Scioto Co. Sheriff’s Office, Portsmouth P.D., and the Scioto Co. Prosecutor’s Office executed search warrants at residences in Portsmouth located at 615 third St., 619 third St., and 2019 20th St.

During a search of the residences, officers seized approximately 343 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine aka ice, 10 grams of suspected cocaine, nine firearms and approximately $15,877 cash. The suspected drugs seized had an estimated street value of $7800.

41-year-old Samuel D. Holmes of the 615 third St. address was arrested on an indictment warrant that had been issued by the Scioto Co. Common Pleas Court after a case had been presented to a Scioto County grand jury by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Scioto Co. Prosecutor’s Office pertaining to the criminal offenses of Trafficking and Possession of Cocaine, felonies of the second degree, and Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree.

Holmes was placed in the Scioto Co. Jail without bond and is waiting to be arraigned in Scioto Co. Common Pleas Court.

The case is continuing to be investigated by task force detectives and additional arrests are expected to be made.

Sheriff Donini and Chief Brewer wish to thank the tactical medics from the Portsmouth Fire Dept. for their assistance with the warrant executions and the Security Department with the Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority for their assistance with the investigation.

Sheriff Donini and Chief Brewer 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.

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Staff Report