Intensified patrol results in 200 arrests

More than 800 traffic stops and 200 arrests were made during a multi-agency drug enforcement saturation patrol Thursday and Friday.

According to a release from the State Highway Patrol, law enforcement agencies from Sandusky and Seneca counties joined forces those days and conducted traffic stops in an effort to fight drugs and criminal activity.

“It’s a way for small communities to get officers to work together and a way to focus on criminal activity and help each other out,” Lt. Matthew Meredith of the Fremont post of the State Highway Patrol said during a press conference Monday morning.

Meredith said 884 traffic stops and 243 arrests were a result of the blitz, which had 35 to 40 law enforcement officers and five to six police canines working each day.

Ten arrests involved impaired driving and nine involved a driving suspension violation, Meredith said. Three arrests were felony-related, he said. According to the release, the blitz initiated 29 cases, including 11 felony cases.

Meredith said illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia also was seized during the two-day blitz. More than $70,000 worth of counterfeit perfume was seized on the Ohio Turnpike and $500 of counterfeit money also was seized, he said.

Meredith said 10 grams of hashish, one gram of cocaine, three grams of powder ecstasy, 30 grams of marijuana and one vehicle were seized during the blitz.

“Successful multi-agency enforcement efforts, like the one in Sandusky and Seneca counties, illustrate the collective power of removing drugs and wanted felons from our communities,” said Col. Paul Pride, State Highway Patrol superintendent, in the release.

Seneca County agencies that participated in the blitz included Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit, Tiffin Police Department, Fostoria Police Department, Seneca County Probation and the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office.