PDT Staff Writer
A traffic stop by Portsmouth police officers resulted in two arrests Thursday. Charged with possession of drugs - heroin and possessing criminal tools were Marice J. Lauderdale, 33, of 29 1/2 Davis Ave., Dayton, and Shannon L. Smyth, 35, of 121 Mia Ave., Dayton.
Officer Chris Hedrick conducted a traffic stop on a white 2000 Explorer for having a shattered windshield. Lauderdale was a passenger in that vehicle. Hedrick said he had recently received an anonymous complaint that there was drug activity at 2962 Gallia St. The driver of the vehicle said Lauderdale and his brother had arrived in town the day before and had stayed at her house the night before.
The woman consented to having her vehicle and house searched. Nothing was found in the vehicle, but Lauderdale accompanied officers back to the woman’s house where two more people were found - one of those was Smyth. Officer Steve Timberlake located a sandwich bag in the kitchen garbage can that had some pieces of torn baggies with residue. Timberlake contacted detective Lee Bower for assistance in the search. Detectives Bower, Josh Justice and Matt Spencer responded and completed the search.
Officers found two sets of digital scales - one of which had heroin residue, and several torn baggies that appeared to have been used in packaging drugs for resale. Lauderdale reportedly had $595 cash in his wallet and Smyth had $2,255 in cash in his wallet. All of the cash was suspected to have been gained through drug sales. Officers also seized their cell phones and the two were arrested.
Additional charges may be presented to the Scioto County grand jury.
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