33 indicted in drug trafficking ring in Scioto County


The Scioto County Sheriff's Office said they, along with the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, may have dismantled one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in the county.

On November 28, the task force and Scioto County prosecutors presented their findings of an investigation involving the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and methamphetamine.

The grand jury returned a 94-count indictment charging 33 people with various felony offenses including trafficking in drugs, conspiracy to trafficking drugs, possession of drugs, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, illegal manufacture of drugs, kidnapping and felonious assault.

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation has yielded in excess of 500 grams suspected heroin, 100 grams of suspected methamphetamine, four firearms, over $10,000 in cash.

Arrest warrants were issued for the following:

  • 24-year-old Octavius Peake of Dayton
  • 24-year-old D'Angelo Peake of Dayton
  • 26-year-old Randy Heard of Dayton
  • 20-year-old Serge Kahindo of Dayton
  • 27-year-old Stephen Jones of Dayton
  • 23-year-old Xavier Hardy of Dayton
  • 24-year-old Savaughn Cooley of Dayton
  • 21-year-old Jerome McCleskey of Dayton
  • 31-year-old Amelia Philpot of Dayton
  • 30-year-old Jeremy Adkins of South Portsmouth
  • 32-year-old Charles "Chad" Anderson of Franklin Furnace
  • 32-year-old Ashley Augustin of Franklin Furnace
  • 55-year-old Brian Logan of Portsmouth
  • 38-year-old Nigel Harr of Portsmouth
  • 46-year-old Anita Odell of Portsmouth
  • 33-year-old Charles "Johnny" Lemon of Portsmouth
  • 59-year-old Deborah Lemon of Portsmouth
  • 29-year-old David Wilson of West Portsmouth
  • 31-year-old Rebecca Smith of West Portsmouth
  • 30-year-old Nathan Distel of West Portsmouth
  • 33-year-old Jessie Distel of Portsmouth
  • 33-year-old Josh Armstrong of Portsmouth
  • 31-year-old Penny Armstrong of Portsmouth
  • 33-year-old Erik Osborne of Portsmouth
  • 21-year-old Kyle Horsley of Portsmouth
  • 51-year-old Ruby Sparks of Portsmouth
  • 28-year-old Eric Henderson of New Boston
  • 32-year-old Laura Slusher of Portsmouth
  • 26-year-old Maureena Fleming of Lucasville
  • 20-year-old Mathew Parker of Minford
  • 40-year-old Steve Scott of Portsmouth
  • 34-year-old Miranda Rowe of Portsmouth
  • 22-year-old Alexandria Neal of Portsmouth

As of December 13, Jessie Distel, Odell, Slusher, Jones, Hardy, Augustin, and Horsley are still being sought.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts, Horsley can contact the Portsmouth P.D. at (740) 353-4101, Scioto County Sheriff's Office at (740) 354-7566, or the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force tip line at (740) 354-5656.

33 indicted as drug trafficking organization dismantled