Portsmouth Man Arrested on Drug Charges
August 31, 2022
Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer and Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman
announce that a Portsmouth man has been arrested on drug charges after officers were called to
his residence Monday morning in reference to a possible drug overdose.
After obtaining a search warrant, Southern Ohio Drug Task Force detectives discovered
approximately 53 grams of suspected fentanyl, 500 grams of suspected marijuana in addition to
items related to drug trafficking. The items discovered included digital scales and baggies.
Arrested was Jay Costelli of Portsmouth, Ohio. Costelli was charged with Drug Trafficking and
Possession of Drugs, both felonies of the first degree. Costelli was arraigned on August 30th in
Portsmouth Municipal Court.
Chief Brewer and Sheriff Thoroughman would like to thank the public for their continued
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.