LUCASVILLE, OH (WOWK) – Two people have been arrested in Scioto County with two pounds of meth and 14 grams of heroin/fentanyl, in what they are calling the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in the county.
On Saturday, March 31st, 2019 at around 10 PM, Southern Ohio Drug Task Force officers assisted by troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle occupied by Alyssa Hinson, 23 of Portsmouth, OH and James Rutledge III, 22, of Dayton, OH in the 10000 block of US 23 Southbound in Lucasville, Ohio.
After an alert on the vehicle by OSHP canine Bruno, a subsequent search resulted in the discovery of approximately two pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine, fourteen grams of suspected heroin/fentanyl, and $3,396 cash.
Police say the suspected drugs had an estimated street value of $56,000.
After Hinson and Rutledge III were taken into custody, officers executed a search warrant at Hinson’s home and with the assistance of Portsmouth Police Dept. canine Dark, seized eight small plastic bags containing a powder that has not yet been identified along with digital scales and thirteen Oxycodone pills.
Hinson and Rutledge III were charged with Trafficking and Possession of Drugs, both felonies of the first degree, and placed in the Scioto County Jail.
Rutledge III also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violating probation stemming from a felony drug conviction in Butler County, Ohio.