Heroin Ring Dismantled In Portsmouth; 8 People Indicted

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A heroin trafficking ring is being dismantled in Portsmouth with the indictment of eight people from Portsmouth and Dayton, according to Police Chief Robert Ware and Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini.

WSAZ-TV reports that investigators say during a three-month investigation from November 2013 through January 2014, the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force executed two search warrants and seized approximately 65 grams of heroin, 24 grams of Fentanyl, and more than $3,500 in cash. The estimated street value of the drugs seized was more than $13,000.

After the case was presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury by the task force and the Scioto County Prosecutor's Office, the grand jury voted to indict eight individuals for Trafficking in Drugs, and Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.

The individuals are: 

Delores M. Hoag, 51, of Portsmouth, Ronald J. Hoag, 22, of Portsmouth, Amanda B. Price, 27 of Portsmouth, Melissa A. Stiltner, 38, of Portsmouth, Dawnetta A. Cargle, 25, of Dayton, Curtis O. Jackson, 25, of Dayton, Malcom D. Owens, 24 of Dayton, and Brandi A. Bellfo, 27, of Dayton.

Six of the eight people have been arraigned in Scioto County Common Pleas Court and are awaiting trial.

Bellfo currently has a warrant for her arrest, while Cargle is in the Montgomery County, Ohio jail on unrelated charges.