Scioto County – Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman and Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer announce that three Franklin Furnace, Ohio residents have been arrested on drug and weapon offenses resulting from an investigation conducted by the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, which consists of narcotics detectives from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, the Portsmouth Police Department, and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
At approximately 7:00 a.m. on January 6, 2021, task force officers
assisted by Portsmouth P.D. SWAT executed a narcotics-related search
warrants on a recreational vehicle occupied by 57-year-old Robert Blanton
and the residence of 53-year-old Larry Stapleton and 45-year-old Kelly
McGowan located on Stapleton’s property at 2584 Cartro Road Franklin
During a search, officers discovered and seized approximately 635
grams of suspected methamphetamine, a.k.a “ice”, 90 grams of powder
suspected of being fentanyl, 7 firearms, $28,308 cash, and additional
evidence of drug trafficking. The estimated street value of the suspected drugs seized is $36,200.
Blanton, Stapleton, and McGowan were charged with Trafficking and
Possession of Drugs, both felonies of the 1st degree. Blanton was
additionally charged with Having a Weapon While Under Disability, a felony of the 3rd degree.
All three arrestees were placed in the Scioto County Jail and are
scheduled to be arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Friday,
January 8, 2021 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 against all arrestees.
Sheriff Thoroughman and Chief Brewer would like to thank the tactical
medics from the Portsmouth Fire Department for their assistance with
execution of the warrants and 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 [email protected]
All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.