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  • Writer's pictureScioto County Sheriff's Office

Marijuana Eradication Operation


August 20, 2021

Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman stated that a marijuana eradication operation was conducted yesterday, September 1, 2021. The joint operation was comprised of personnel from five separate agencies /departments. The agencies involved were the Portsmouth Police Department, the Portsmouth Fire Department’s Tactical Medics, the Southern Ohio Correctional Facilities SRT Team, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification, and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.

The success of the operation yesterday is directly attributed to our agencies working together to share intelligence, technology and manpower. When we work together, we can do much to improve our community. We removed 459 marijuana plants from 10 separate locations throughout the county. Last year, nationwide, a total of 4,541,962 marijuana plants were eradicated and 3,193 weapons were removed from cannabis cultivators.

Sheriff David Thoroughman stated his office will continue to aggressively combat illegal drugs and crime by working as one team, not separate.

Sheriff Thoroughman request 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 All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.


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