Portsmouth Police confiscated more than $35,000 in drugs, and one Columbus man is facing four drug counts, another - wanted in Indiana - where there was a warrant for his arrest, has been turned over to police in Columbus and three others face separate charges after Portsmouth Police officers made arrests at a house Saturday.
After receiving a complaint two males from Columbus had guns and were dealing Oxy-contin, police were dispatched to 2120 Ninth St., the residence of Robby Neal.
Narcotics officer Steve Timberlake said when they entered the house, they found Jonathan Redman, also known as “Little John,” 36, of Col-umbus, sitting in a bedroom, and Kendle C. Mardis, aka P.K., 39, sitting in an upstairs living room.
Officer Lee Bower and the K9 unit responded, and after they searched the house, they found a floor board that had been pulled up. Bower removed the board and found a baggie with approximately 61 grams of crack cocaine, with a street value of $30,500, a baggie with 72 80-milligram Oxycontin tab-lets, with a street value of $5,760.00 a set of drug scales and $251 cash. Bower also found $550 cash and Redman's cell phone.
Redman is charged with Possession of crack cocaine, a felony 1, trafficking in crack cocaine, also a felony of the first degree. Possession of Oxycodone, a felony 2, and Trafficking in Oxycodone, also a second degree felony.
Mardis reportedly was wanted on a warrant from Indiana for probation violation on an aiding forgery charge.
Lori A. Grooms, 27, 3331 U.S. 52, Stout, faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, Shelly Lambert, 20, 1211 14th St., charged by municipal court with probation violation, and Rocky Newman, of McDermott, was wanted on a bench warrant from Municipal Court for driving under suspension.
Police say additional charges will be presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury.
Redman appeared in muni-cipal court Monday and is being held on a total of $150,000 for all four charges. He will continue to be incarcerated in the Scioto County jail because of a previous drug charge in Scioto County Common Pleas Court. Mardis was released and transferred to Columbus.
Portsmouth Police Chief Chuck Horner said the arrest would not have been possible without the cooperation of concerned citizens contacting law enforcement agencies with drug-related complaints.
Horner also encourages people to call in reports of drug activity to (740) 354-3784 (DRUG) or email Drug@ports-mouthohiopolice.com. Drug activity in Scioto County should be directed to the office of Sheriff Marty V. Donini and (740) 354-7566 or email Drugs@sciotocountysheriff.com.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.