The Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a statewide enforcement initiative, known as Operation Shield Ohio, from March 18 to 21, in an ongoing effort to remove the criminal element from Ohio’s roadways.
This successful enforcement initiative resulted in 49 drug cases, including 17 felony cases. Troopers seized nearly 10 pounds of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine, 50 grams of heroin, and 764 illegal prescription pills. They also seized three guns and recovered a stolen vehicle.
“Successful enforcement efforts, like the most recent Operation Shield, illustrate the collective power of removing drugs and wanted felons from our communities,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “Ohio is in the midst of a drug abuse epidemic and it is important that we work together to solve this problem.”
During one traffic stop on March 19 in Lorain County, two men from Michigan were found with 724 Oxycodone pills, worth approximately $22,000. Both the driver and passenger were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of a scheduled II substance and aggravated drug trafficking, both second-degree felonies and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.