GALLIPOLIS — U.S. Marshals arrested the proprietor of the Rack ’Em Billiards and Grill pool hall Tuesday upon finding him in Columbus and after police executed five search warrants last Friday on alleged drug hubs in Gallia County.
According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, Porter Mitchell, 40, of Gallipolis, was picked up Tuesday morning. The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force asked marshals to serve Mitchell with an indictment as he was not found at the Rack ’Em pool hall location Friday. Mitchell has been charged with 12 counts of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.
According to Gallia County Court of Common Pleas records, Mitchell had been previously convicted of separate crimes in years past of illegally carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, attempted to improperly discharge a firearm into a habitation, a third-degree felony, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in a federal district court. Gallia County justice officials have said Mitchell has served time in federal prison. Mitchell is currently being housed in the Franklin County Jail pending court hearings.
Mitchell had also been previously arrested in the suspected shooting of two men in July 2014. Prosecution did not push forward with the case at the time due to key witnesses being unavailable to provide testimony. According to court papers, the prosecution intends to go forward with the indictment from the 2014 case at a later date.
Currently it is known that four of 13 individuals have been arrested by law enforcement in regard to Friday’s search warrants.
Antonio D. McIntosh, 36, of Gallipolis, was indicted on 13 counts, including charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of cocaine and crack cocaine, and trafficking in cocaine and crack cocaine.
Stan D. Helms, 40, of Columbus, was indicted on 11 counts, including charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of crack cocaine, and trafficking in crack cocaine.
Natasha L. Quesinberry, 23, of Washington Court House, was indicted on one count of trafficking in cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine.
Police reported that they had been receiving tips in relation to the Rack ’Em pool hall location, formerly called the G-Spot, since 2013. Investigators have said they believe the location has been a front for drug activity for years. The location has played host to police searches before in regard to drug activity before the Friday morning search warrants were executed. Police believe the pool hall to have been integral to an alleged criminal enterprise bent on distributing cocaine and crack cocaine from central Ohio to Gallia and Meigs counties, as well as parts of Mason County, W.Va.
Mitchell is anticipated to have a hearing in Gallia County Court of Common Pleas Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.