RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — As the state is coming down harder on prescription drug abuse, an old threat is new again — black tar heroin. Even the tiny village of New Boston is beginning to see a rise of heroin arrests, making two arrests just last weekend.
According to New Boston Police Capt. Steve Goins — Patrolman Kevin Lewis was driving through the village at 7:40 p.m. on Sunday when he noticed suspicious activity around a black Jeep parked behind the New Boston Stadium. Goins said Lewis found the driver, Paul Elrod, age 58, of Portsmouth, talking to Paul Charles, age 31, of Portsmouth, who was standing outside the vehicle.
“Upon checking, Paul Charles told Officer Lewis that he was there to try to sell a Lowe’s card to Paul Elrod. Upon further questioning of Paul Elrod by Officer Lewis, he had noticed that Paul Elrod had stuck something down in his pocket. He questioned him to get it out, and he was given consent to search by Paul Elrod and found a pill bottle that contained eight individually packaged black tar heroin,” Goins said.
The drugs had a combined street value of about $1,000, Goins said. Elrod also had $513 cash, which was seized by police.
Elrod was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs, and Charles was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia items — a spoon and syringe — in plain sight in his vehicle parked nearby. Both were brought in for booking at the New Boston Police Department, and then transferred to the Scioto County.
Goins said the village still struggles with its share of drug activity, and while prescription drugs remains the worst problem there has been a recent increase of heroin as well.
“All of our prescription drugs cases come from local people, but the heroin we believe is being brought into the area from out of town; from Dayton and Columbus-way,”Goins said. “We get complaints and we follow up on them. Hopefully in the next couple of months we’ll be able to make an arrest on some of the other drug cases.”
Goins said anyone who witnesses drug activity, or any other criminal activity in the village, can report it to police anonymously by calling the New Boston Police Drug and Crime Tip Hotline at 740-456-4144. He said the department has received many valuable tips from anonymous calls on the hotline.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.