• Scioto County Sheriff's Office

Portsmouth Man Arrested on Drug Charges

NEWS RELEASE

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

assistance.


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

email drugs@sciotocountysheriff.com.


All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.