Ohio Highway Patrol Reports Increase In 2017 Drug Arrests

Ohio Highway Patrol Reports Increase In 2017 Drug Arrests

  • 2/7/2018 1:46:37 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

OHIO - The Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported an increase in drug arrests in 2017. 

A total of 16,653 drug arrests took place last year, which is a 25% increase compared to 2016. A wide range of felony offenses were investigated during the year. 

"Many felonies which occur in our state will at some point involve our highways," Lieutenant Scott C. Rike, Bucyrus post commander, said. "This provides troopers with an opportunity to prevent crime by looking for criminal indicators during traffic stops."

109 drug arrests were made in Richland County. 17 were made in Ashland County, and 7 were made in Crawford County. A total of 14 counties in the State of Ohio had between 100 to 255 drug-related arrests. 

Large drug seizures from 2017 include more than 29 pounds of meth, more than 35 pounds of heroin and 8,508 ecstasy pills. In total, the Ohio State Highway Patrol seized 2,307,646 millions grams of marijuana, 32,116 opiate pills, and 76,018 grams of heroin. 

The Ohio Highway Patrol would like to remind everyone that public involvement is critical to highway safety. 

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