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Five Arrested in Portsmouth After Suspected Drugs, Firearms, and Cash Seized

NEWS RELEASE

July 18, 2023



Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer and Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman

announce that two Portsmouth, Ohio residents and three out of town residents have been

arrested on drug and weapon offenses resulting from an investigation conducted by the

Southern Ohio Drug Task Force.


At approximately 6:20 p.m. on July 17th , 2023, task force officers assisted by Portsmouth

P.D. SWAT executed a narcotics related search warrant. The search warrant was executed at

the residence of 53-year-old Mary Sexton and 27-year-old Austin Sexton, located at 2409

17th St. apartment J Portsmouth, Ohio.


During a search of the residence and individuals’ personal belongings, officers discovered

and seized approximately 1,137 grams of a suspected methamphetamine - a.k.a "ice", 1,253

grams of suspected fentanyl, 238 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 4 firearms, $16,103

cash, and additional evidence of drug trafficking. The estimated street value of the suspected

drugs seized is $201,660. In all, approximately 5.8 pounds of combined illegal narcotics

were taken off the streets.


Mary Sexton and 24-year-old Mischa Williams of Columbus, Ohio were charged with

Trafficking and Possession of Drugs, both felonies of the 1st degree and Possession of

Criminal Tools, a felony of the 5th degree. Austin Sexton, 35-year-old Derrick Hutchinson of

Dayton, Ohio and 34-year-old Delaquan Myers of West Chester, Ohio were charged with

Trafficking and Possession of Drugs, both felonies of the 1st degree, Having Weapons While

Under Disability, a felony of the 3rd degree, and Possession of Criminal Tools, a felony of

the 5th degree.


Additionally, both Williams and Myers had warrants for their arrests out of Franklin

County.


All five arrestees were placed in the Scioto County Jail and are scheduled to be arraigned

in Portsmouth Municipal Court today, Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 9:00a.m.


The case will eventually be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor's Office to be

presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury for the consideration of additional felony charges

against all arrestees.


Chief Brewer and Sheriff Thoroughman would like to thank the tactical medics from the

Portsmouth Fire Department for their assistance with the execution of the warrants. Anyone

wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, to phone the Task

Force tip line at (740) 354-5656 or email drugs@sciotocountysheriff.com. All information

will be kept confidential and anonymous.



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