October 3, 2022
Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer and Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman
announce that a Cincinnati, Ohio man was arrested on drug charges after an investigation
conducted by the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force.
At approximately 9:11am. on September 30th, 2022, task force officers assisted by Portsmouth Police Dept. SWAT executed a narcotics - related search warrant at 1819 Mabert Rd. Portsmouth, Ohio.
Upon a search of the residence and property, officers seized 24 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, 66 grams of suspected heroin/fentanyl, 3 grams of suspected crack cocaine, digital scales, sandwich baggies, $2,339.00 cash, 5 firearms and additional evidence of drug trafficking. Estimated street value of suspected drugs seized is $7,000.
Lawrence Coleman Hicks of Cincinnati, Ohio was arrested and charged with Trafficking and
Possession of Drugs, both felonies of the 1st degree, Trafficking and Possession of Drugs,
felonies of the 2nd , 4th and 5th degrees, and Weapons Under Disability, a felony of the 3rd degree.
Hicks was placed in the Scioto County Jail and was arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court
on Monday, October 3rd, 2022 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.
Chief Brewer and Sheriff Thoroughman would like to thank the tactical medics from the
Portsmouth Fire Department for their assistance with the warrant execution.
Chief Brewer and Sheriff Thoroughman request anyone wishing to leave drug information for
the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, should phone the Task Force tip line at (740) 354-5656 or
All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.