A routine stop by Portsmouth Police Wednesday morning led to the discovery of items used to manufacture meth.
According to the report, officers executed a stop for two individuals just after 2 a.m. Wednesday for operating bicycles in an alley without any lights. The subjects were stopped in front of Sunset Bowling Lanes and were notified of the reason for the stop. Neither subject had identification but offered Social Security numbers.
Mitchell Craft, 49, first gave officers the Social Security number of his twin brother. Officers confirmed his identity through photographs taken of tattoos during previous arrests. Craft was wanted out of the Adult Parole Authority and found to be in possession of three syringes.
Lorena Lowe, 49, stated that she did not want to be pat-down for weapons because there wasn’t a female officer on the scene.
During a search of the subject’s backpacks, officers located Sodium Hydroxide, a cold compress opened containing ammonium nitrate, lighter fluid, and a green pill bottle with a white substance inside. Lowe indicated to officers that the first backpack belonged to Craft, and the second belonged to her. In the bag Lowe was carrying officers found sulfuric acid, coffee filters, a mason jar, and a smaller container with clear liquid substance inside.
Officers concluded that the items were all commonly associated with the manufacturing of Methamphetamine. In reviewing the footage of the stop for safety concerns that the subjects may have tossed a “one-pot” meth lab at the beginning of the stop, officers saw Lowe drop a water bottle from her pocket. The water bottle was located and next to it was a bottle lid with a tube through it, another item used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Lowe was placed in the back of a cruiser and officers located two coffee filters that were wet and had the odor of HCL gas on them with suspected finished methamphetamine. Lowe and Craft were also observed hiding items in between the seats. Officers located a plastic baggie that had been lodged between the seats.
Both parties were transported to the Portsmouth Police Department for processing and to the Scioto County Jail and face charges of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, possessing drug abuse instruments, and falsification.
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932
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