Multi-state 3-day blitz focuses on removing drugs, illegal weapons

Cary Ashby • Mar 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

The state Highway Patrol joined forces with five states in a recent effort focused on criminal patrol and drug interdiction and an emphasis on removing drugs and illegal weapons from our communities.

This successful enforcement effort, from March 6 through 8, netted 542 drug arrests and 47 illegal weapons arrests. Of these, troopers in Ohio made 166 of the drug arrests and four of the weapon seizures.

"We have a unique opportunity to dramatically impact the criminal element and improve the quality of life in our region through our collective efforts," said Col. Paul Pride, patrol superintendent. "By being observant and spotting criminal indicators, drugs, illegal weapons and dangerous drivers are removed from the roadways."

The 6-State Trooper Project includes the patrol and state police from Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan. It is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing

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