Homeless man arrested on drug charges

June 14, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Richard A. Ramey, 36, who lists himself as homeless, faces multiple drug charges after being arrested on Wednesday.

Portsmouth police officers said they were dispatched to 1200 B Cole Ave. in reference to a man lying on the sidewalk possibly intoxicated or injured. Officer found the man and asked for identification, and were give an Ohio ID.

Dispatch checked on Ramey and told officers he was showing a warrant through the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.

He was handcuffed and during the search, police found a small black pouch which Ramey reportedly advised them contained needles. Inside the pouch, police found three hypodermic syringes, digital scales, several small cut plastic baggies and a baggy containing an off-white powder substance which tested positive for crack cocaine.

Ramey was charged with possession of drugs - cocaine, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Scioto County Jail.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.