At approximately 5 p.m., Thursday, three subjects were arrested and a clandestine methamphetamine lab was discovered at 5626 Fourth Street, Sciotoville, Ohio.
Officers with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority were visiting parolee, Ricky L. Hamock, 33, of the Fourth Street address and found other subjects present at the residence. They were identified as Anita A. Odell, 44, and 32 year old Michael L. Bailey. They were found to have outstanding warrants for their arrests. Officers from the Portsmouth Police Department were summoned to the residence to assist.
While present at the residence, officers said they observed and detected evidence related to methamphetamine manufacturing and requested detectives from the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force to respond.
Task force officers responded to investigate and discovered what they said was an active methamphetamine lab as well as numerous chemicals and materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Hamock was charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine within the vicinity of a school, a felony of the first degree, and illegal assembly and/or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine within the vicinity of a school, a felony of the second degree.
Odell was arrested on a warrant issued by the Scioto County Common Pleas Court for violating probation. Bailey was arrested on warrants also issued by Scioto County Common Pleas Court for failing to appear to face charges of having a weapon while under disability and vandalism. Bailey also had a warrant for his arrest after having been indicted by a Scioto County grand jury for the failing to appear offense.
Hamock, Odell, and Bailey were placed in the Scioto County Jail and are being held without bond due to holds being placed by either the Ohio Adult Parole Authority or the Scioto County Common Pleas Court. Hamock was to be arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court this past Friday on the methamphetamine – related charges.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may be made in the case.
The case will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury.
Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware and Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini also thanked the Portsmouth Fire Department for their assistance at the scene and continue to request anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force to contact the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.