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The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducing an OVI checkpoint in Warren county this week.

Photos from 4th Annual Andrew Baldridge Softball Tournament

Andrew Baldridge Softball Tournament

Head to the Patrol's Facebook for photos from this year's Andrew Baldridge Softball Tournament.

Teams of current employees, retirees and immediate family members competed in two different divisions to raise funds for the Andrew Baldridge Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Check out photos from the Retiree Cookout!

Retirees

Retirees gathered at the Academy on August 15 for a cookout, a tour of the new Thomas P. Charles Leadership Wing, and to catch up with old friends. Check out the photo album on Facebook here.

How well do you know the rules of school bus safety in Ohio?

This quick quiz is a great refresher.

Remember-- exercise patience, plan ahead to allow extra time for these school bus stops, and talk to your kids about school bus safety.

Brown County Safe Communities kicks off ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

Photo from News Democrat

From the News Democrat:

Brown County Safe Communities held its kickoff of the nationwide campaign of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Saturday, Aug.9 at the Mt. Orab Music in the Park.

This year’s campaign will run Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, covering the end of summer and the busy Labor Day holiday weekend. The goal is to present an unmistakable show of force, ready to discourage individuals from driving drunk and putting lives at risk. more

Troopers seize Morphine pills in Allen County

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Hyundai Sonata, with Florida registration, for speed, failure to signal and lane change violations on the Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 131, in Allen County at 12:27 p.m. on August 17. Troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. The passenger, Michael C Phillips-Edwards, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., was asked to exit the vehicle. During a pat-down for weapons, troopers discovered 343 Morphine pills, worth more than $3,400 on his person. Phillips-Edwards was charged with two-counts of possession of schedule II drugs, both second-degree felonies, and two-counts of possession of schedule II drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Delaware County Sheriff Offers A Glimpse Into OVI Arrests

From WBNS-10TV:

A demonstration in Delaware County is highlighting the consequences of drinking and driving. A tour through Delaware County is meant to show you how humiliating it is to be handcuffed, put into the back of a cruiser and carried through this sally port and into the jail. more

Troopers seize $136,000 worth of heroin in Hancock County traffic stop

Heroin

A Detroit man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 2 pounds of heroin, worth approximately $136,000 following a traffic stop in Hancock County.

Troopers stopped a 2014 Ford Contour, with Virginia registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 159, at 12:49 a.m. on August 17. Criminal indicators were observed and a Findlay Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two pounds of heroin located under the air filter in the engine compartment. more

Vehicle theft operation results in arrest, pending charges

A joint vehicle theft operation conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Willard Police Department on August 16, 2014 resulted in the arrest of one individual and pending charges on several other subjects. The arrested individual is Eddie D Tackett Jr, 24, of Willard Ohio.  Mr. Tackett was charged by the Willard Police Department with theft of a motor vehicle, a felony of the 4th degree, and is awaiting court proceedings at this time. more

Troopers seize hydroponic marijuana worth $18,100

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Honda Civic, with North Carolina registration, for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 159, in Hancock County at 10:50 p.m. on August 15. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. Troopers asked the occupants to exit the vehicle and during a pat-down for weapons, troopers discovered a small amount of marijuana and more than 6 grams of hashish on one of the occupants. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed individually wrapped vacuum sealed bags of hydroponic marijuana, weighing four pounds, worth approximately $18,100. The passenger, Mark Nour, 29, of Garner, N. C., admitted possession of the contraband and was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony and possession of hashish, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Interested in becoming a Highway Patrol dispatcher?

The following dispatch centers are hiring:

Columbus Communications Center
Springfield/Dayton/Piqua
Delaware
Bowling Green
Wilmington/Lebanon/Batavia
Warren/Berea/Medina/Warren
Sandusky

To apply, visit the job postings on careers.ohio.gov and search for "dispatcher."

Troopers find Oxycodone in Auglaize County

Oxycodone

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Toyota Corolla, with Ohio registration, for failure to signal violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 109 in Auglaize County at 10:50 a.m. on August 12. During interaction with the occupants, the passenger, Lebrika Mitchell, 22, of Detroit, Mich., admitted to concealing several prescription pills on her person. She voluntarily produced 150 Oxycodone pills, worth $5,500. Mitchell was incarcerated in the Auglaize County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance, a second-degree felony.

Troopers target drivers from the air

Story from 10TV:

The next plane you spot flying above Fairfield County might be an Ohio State Highway Patrol aircraft looking for aggressive drivers.

Troopers are now utilizing their aviation division to try to prevent crashes after an uptick in deadly collisions. more 

Learn more about the Patrol's aviation section here.

Reducing law enforcement on duty deaths a priority for Ohio

Below 100

Nationwide Insurance presented protective vests to the Sugar Grove Police Department on August 11, kicking off Ohio’s involvement in a national effort to reduce the number of law enforcement officer deaths while on duty.

Below 100 aims for the number of line of duty deaths to drop below 100 in one year, which has not occurred since 1944. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the Buckeye State Sheriff’s’ Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Attorney General's Office and Nationwide to bring Below 100 training to officers in Ohio.

Check out the story from WBNS-10TV.

Troopers seize cocaine in Scioto County

Cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2014 Mitsubishi Galant for a marked lanes violation on August 8, at 9:57 p.m. on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 8 in Scioto County. The driver, Jerome Saunders, 58, of Columbus, Ohio did not have a valid driver’s license and was asked to exit the vehicle. After exiting his vehicle, he threw an object into a nearby corn field. Troopers searched the area and recovered the object, which contained 48 grams of cocaine – worth more than $4,000. Saunders was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine and drug trafficking, both first-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Patrol joins Ohio Law Enforcement in Cracking Down: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober

An estimated 10,000 lives would be spared each year if drunk driving was eliminated nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join other Ohio law enforcement agencies and thousands of highway safety partners throughout the nation to take part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired driving. The enforcement effort begins Friday, August 15 and will last through Labor Day. During the enforcement period, more than 99 law enforcement partners have planned more than 8,400 enforcement hours. more

Troopers find Oxycodone in Hancock County

Troopers seized 139 Oxycodone pills after stopping a vehicle for a marked lanes violation on August 8 at 12:53 a.m. A 2007 Cadillac CTS with Michigan registration was pulled over by troopers on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 75 in Hancock County. During interaction with the occupant, troopers detected the odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search revealed two prescription bottles containing the pills inside the glove box. Troopers also located a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana grinder in the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of approximately $4,000. The driver, DeShawn Fordham, 28, of Mount Morris, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center. The suspect was charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance, a third-degree felony.

Cleveland Indians host 3rd Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Photo from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

From the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund blog:

On Tuesday, August 5th the Cleveland Indians and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund held a special Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Progressive Field as the Indians completed a two-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately the Indians lost 9-2 at the game, but it was still a great night of baseball. more

I-90/94 Challenge Results

The I-90/94 Challenge, a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional initiative concluded Monday, August 4 after four days of increased law enforcement on the entire corridor, stretching 5,000 miles coast to coast. Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to 19 crashes within the target area, one of which was fatal.

Troopers made 629 enforcement contacts and 268 Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) contacts during the four day period as part of an increased focus on the area. more

Patrol has reminder on school bus safety

Story from the Van Wert Independent:

With the new academic year approaching for Ohio students, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to be alert for stopped school buses that will soon be on the road again every weekday. Extra patience and attention will help make a safer school year for children statewide. more

Troopers find marijuana in Warren County

Marijuana

Troopers seized two pounds of marijuana after stopping a vehicle for an improper lane change violation on August 1 at 5:09 p.m. A rented 2014 Ford Taurus with Kentucky registration was stopped by troopers on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 38 in Warren County. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed the marijuana in a bag on the rear passenger floorboard. The contraband has a street value of approximately $9,100. The driver, Garry L. Southall, 33, and passenger, Andre Marshall, 29, both of Middletown, Ohio were incarcerated in the Warren County Jail. Each suspect was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize marijuana in Allen County

Marijuana

Troopers seized two pounds of marijuana after stopping a vehicle for a marked lanes violation on July 31 at 2:01 p.m. A 2002 Chevrolet S10 pick-up truck with Ohio registration was stopped by troopers on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 125 in Allen County. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the marijuana behind the driver’s seat in a duffle bag. The contraband has a street value of approximately $9,400. The driver, Nathaniel R. Baird, 20, of Toledo, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers find Oxycodone and marijuana in Hancock County

Oxycodone and marijuana

Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Toyota Camry with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 158 in Hancock County at 1:37 a.m., on July 30. Criminal indicators were observed and a Findlay Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 479 Oxycodone pills and nearly eight grams of marijuana under the spare tire in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has a street value of approximately $12,000. The driver, Kareem Ameen-Haynes Walker, 25, of Clinton Township, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of drugs, a second-degree felony. 

Multi-state challenge kicks off to reduce traffic deaths and injuries

In an effort to reduce traffic deaths and injuries, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will take part in the I-90/94 Challenge, a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional initiative from Friday, August 1 through Monday, August 4. The goal is zero fatalities and fewer than 300 total crashes across the entire Interstate 90/94 corridor during the four day period.

Ohio will band together with 14 other states to complement and enhance the effectiveness of existing local, state or federal highway safety effort.

Troopers will provide updates on the challenge with #9094challenge and encourage drivers to use the hashtag once they safely reach their destination. more

6-State Trooper Project enforcement effort a success

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project for a high-visibility enforcement effort focused on distracted driving from July 20 – 26. The multi-state initiative included members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

During the effort, officers in all six states issued nearly 2,000 citations related to distracted driving. more

OSHP Weighs In On Deadly Summer Crashes

Story from ABC 6:

 

It's been a dangerous summer on the roads and Ohio State Highway Patrol pieces together exactly what causes deadly car wrecks.

Lieutenant Chris Kinn with crash reconstruction said they walk through each crash scene and analyze what went wrong, using tools like the total station and the 3-D scanner.

Troopers seize Oxycodone and Oxymorphone in Scioto County

Oxycodone and oxymorphone

Troopers stopped a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, with Ohio registration, for a speed violations on US 23 southbound near milepost 7 in Scioto County at 11:30 p.m. on July 26. During interaction with the female occupant, she advised she had an item hidden in the front of her pants and handed it to troopers. The package contained 1,673 Oxycodone pills and 179 Oxymorphone pills, worth nearly $42,000. The driver, Randy Roberts, 29, of Southfield, Mich., and passenger, Robbin Roberts, 32, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in Oxycodone, both first-degree felonies, and possession and trafficking in Oxymorphone, both second-degree felonies.

Troopers find heroin, drug paraphernalia and Oxycotin in Allen County

Troopers stopped a 1998 Mercedes Benz, with North Carolina registration, for following too closely and failure to signal violations on Interstate 75 southbound near milepost 130, in Allen County at 10:13 a.m. on July 26. During interaction with the driver, consent to search the vehicle was granted. Troopers located four packets of heroin, drug paraphernalia and 100 capsules of crushed Oxycotin throughout the vehicle. The contraband has a street value of $7,500. The driver, Ulysses Burrage Jr., 49, of Fayetteville, N.C. was incarcerated in the Allen county Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony; possession of a schedule II, a fifth-degree felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a minor misdemeanor.

Troopers seize Hydromorphone, marijuana in Fairfield County

Ecstasy

Troopers stopped a 2014 Nissan Altima, with Michigan registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on US 33 eastbound near milepost 21 in Fairfield County at 8:22 p.m. on July 26. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The passenger also handed over a small amount of marijuana to the trooper. A probable cause search revealed 1,152 Hydromorphone pills under the plastic liner in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Denean Brown, 37, and passenger, John Solomon, 38, both of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Fairfield County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking of a schedule I drug, both first-degree felonies.

OSHP at the Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Troopers are providing security for the Ohio State Fair, which is held in Columbus and runs from July 23 to August 3. When you visit, stop by our booth in the Bricker Building to take pictures with our cardboard cutouts, see a cruiser and motorcycle up close and more.

Statistics of 2014 show increase in law enforcement officer fatalities

From the American Association of State Troopers:

According to a report released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 67 officers have been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2014—a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.

Of these 67 officers, 26 were killed in traffic-related incidents; 25 were killed by gunfire; and 16 died due to job-related illnesses and other causes.

Six were state troopers.

Motorists, please drive safely and help protect our state troopers and other law enforcement officers.

For OSHP traffic updates, sign up for Nixle

Nixle

Interested in receiving up-to-the-minute traffic updates from the Ohio State Highway Patrol? Sign up for Nixle, a mass notification system that sends geolocated information to you through phone, email or on the web. It’s a great way to stay informed and safe—and it’s totally free for you.

You can sign up by texting your zipcode to 888777 or looking for the Nixle widget on the right side of statepatrol.ohio.gov. For more information on how Nixle works, visit http://www.nixle.com/howitworks.html.

A little fashion with your speeding ticket

Story from Columbus CEO:

Should you be unfortunate enough to break a traffic law on Ohio’s state roads, at least you know you’ll be receiving your ticket in style. more

Celebrate Maria's Message Night with the Columbus Clippers this Sunday

Story from 10tv.com:

Sunday, July 27th is Maria’s Message night at Huntington Park. Join 10TV’s Dom Tiberi on Sunday to spread Maria’s Message. Since losing his daughter last year in a tragic distracted driving accident, Dom has make it his mission to educate teens and adults about the dangers of distracted driving.

For every special offer redeemed, the Columbus Clippers will donate $3 to the Maria Tiberi Foundation. more

6-State Trooper Project to kick-off multi-state enforcement effort this weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus efforts on distracted driving enforcement statewide. The high-visibility enforcement effort begins Sunday, July 20 at 12:01 a.m. and continues through Saturday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m. more

Want to be a Trooper?

Now is your chance! We are currently accepting applications for Highway Patrol Cadets. Head to the recruitment tab to learn about requirements, benefits and more. The application can be found here.

OSHP wins Best Looking Cruiser Contest

OSHP cruiser

Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote for us! We have won the title of Best Looking Cruiser, and besides earning bragging rights, we'll be featured on the cover of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST) National Newsletter.

Troopers seize crack cocaine, heroin and pills

Crack cocaine, heroin, pills

Troopers stopped a 1996 Jeep Cherokee with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on Rosemount Road in Scioto County at 10:26 p.m., on July 8. During interaction with the passenger, she admitted to having contraband concealed on her person. She voluntarily removed 54 grams of crack cocaine, a gram of heroin and two suspected ecstasy pills. The contraband has a combined total of approximately $4,720. The driver, Devon Fortune, 31, of Detroit, Mich., and passenger, Henrietta Smith, 40, of Huntington, West Va., were charged with possession of crack cocaine, a first-degree felony, possession of heroin and a schedule I substance, both fifth-degree felonies.

Highway Patrol Puts Potential Recruits to the Test

Story from Fox28

Monday was the first day of recruitment for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Troopers said, in years past, roughly 2500 people apply to go to the cadet academy. Of those applicants, troopers said only about 100 are admitted. more

New Edition of the Safer Ohio magazine now available

Featured in this issue:

The Safer Ohio Initiative, Homeland Security's Surveillance Towers, Elderly Fall Prevention and the OCJS Community Initiative to Reduce Violence more

New Edition of Flying Wheel magazine now available

Featured in this issue:

The Patrol's Memorial Ceremony, A Look Back at the Riot at the Ohio Pen and the Patrol's Longest Serving Employee Retires after 55 years of service more

Troopers seize 100 grams of heroin

Troopers stopped a 2010 Ford Escape, with Michigan registration, for marked lanes and speed violations on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 5, in Scioto County at 7:09 p.m., on July 3. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 100 grams of heroin, worth approximately $15,000 in the center console. The driver, Donna Wheeler, 54, and passenger, Dinitra Montague, 21, both of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail. Both women were charged with possession and trafficking of heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Patrol arrested 749 for OVI over July Fourth weekend

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 749 arrests for impaired driving and 318 for drug-related charges over this Fourth of July holiday period, which began Thursday, July 3 and ended Sunday, July 6. During the reporting period, the Patrol made nearly 57,000 traffic contacts, which included assisting more than 4,700 motorists. more

Troopers seize two pounds of marijuana in Wood County

Troopers stopped a 2002 Kia Spectra, with Ohio registration, for speed and unsafe lane change violations on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 199, in Wood County at 12:44 p.m., on July 1. Upon approaching the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed three freezer bags of marijuana, weighing approximately two pounds, worth nearly $9,100. The passenger, Harold E. Taylor, 32, of Mansfield, Ohio was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Patrol warns against drinking and driving this July Fourth

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers the entire Fourth of July weekend, which begins Thursday, July 3 and ends Sunday, July 6. Their zero-tolerance policy is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign aimed at removing impaired drivers from the roadways. more

Ohio Troopers Utilize New Technology To Keep Roads & Drivers Safe

Story from 10tv.com

Troopers find Xanax in Hancock County

xanax

Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Ford Focus, with Michigan registration, for a taillight violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 160 in Hancock County at 1:09 a.m. on June 29. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hancock County drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 620 Xanax pills, worth approximately $3,100 in the vehicle’s trunk. Troopers also discovered $1,753 in the driver’s purse. The driver, Keisha E. Sullivan, 30, of Columbus, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule IV substance, a third-degree felony.

Troopers seize Oxycodone in Hancock County

Troopers stopped a rented 2012 Nissan Altima, with Kentucky registration, for a headlight violation in Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 167 in Hancock County at 9:06 p.m. on June 27. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hancock County drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 310 Oxycodone pills, worth nearly $7,500. The driver, Ronnie L. Gohston, 53, of Anniston, Ala, and passenger, Stephanie M. Slaughter, 33, of Elkhart, Ind., were incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a second-degree felony.

33 Officers Graduate from Patrol’s Basic Peace Officer Class

Basic Class fully-funded using Casino Training Funds

Members of the 131st Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates during a graduation ceremony held this morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. The 33 graduates will assume duties as peace officers for 19 Ohio agencies. The 131st Basic Peace Officer Class utilized Ohio casino training funds to cover training costs for a Basic Peace Officer training course. more

Troopers seize suspected counterfeit perfume, worth nearly $68,000

Troopers stopped a 2001 Ford Econoline Van, with New York registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80 westbound, near milepost 75, in Sandusky County at 8:53 p.m., on June 12. Criminal indicator were observed and consent to search was asked for and granted. During the consent search, troopers discovered suspected counterfeit perfume, worth nearly $68,000 located in the cargo area of the van. The suspect, Idees Mushtaq, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail and charged with criminal simulation and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degreed felonies.

Suspect arrested after fleeing and throwing crack and Rx pills from vehicle

Troopers stopped a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, with Pennsylvania registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 187 in Portage County at 4:24 p.m., on June 10. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a pat down for weapons, the front seat passenger got into the vehicle and fled the scene. A short pursuit ensued, during which the suspect threw a bag from the vehicle containing 30 grams of crack and 26 Ecstasy pills and then the suspect pulled over without further incident. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two bags of marijuana. The contraband has a combined total of approximately $2,500. The driver, Taquoya Alvarado, 25, and passenger, Antonio Gardner, 30,  both of New Castle, Pa., were incarcerated in the Portage County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in aggravated drugs, both first-degree felonies; failure to comply and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies and trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Troopers seize cocaine in Scioto County

Troopers stopped a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 5, in Scioto County at 5:14 p.m., on June 11. Upon contact with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle and passenger revealed 124 grams of cocaine and 2 grams of marijuana. The combined total of the contraband has a street value of approximately $10,500. The passenger, Anthony D. Duff, 38, of Toledo, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.

Patrol seize 2,330 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million

Second-largest recorded Patrol marijuana seizure

Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 2,330 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $11.6 million following a traffic stop in Preble County. This is the second-largest marijuana seizure in Patrol history. The largest seizure occurred in 2005 when troopers seized 3,181 pounds of marijuana in Preble County. more

Addional photos - U-Haul, Drugs outside

Trooper find hydroponic marijuana in Fairfield County

Troopers stopped a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on US 33 eastbound, near milepost 21, in Fairfield County at 1:25 p.m., on June 11. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. When questioned about the odor, the driver produced three pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth $15,000. The driver, Atesha M. Smith, 31, Montgomery, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Fairfield County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. 

Trooper seize marijuana during traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike

Troopers stopped a 2013 Hyundai Accent, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 139 in Lorain County at 4:38 p.m., on June 9. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a soft sided cooler containing nearly a pound of marijuana. The driver, Lamar Chase, 38, of Wickliffe, Ohio and passenger, Karyne M. Toutant, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Interactive Texting and Driving PSA going viral

Story from ABC6

Volkswagen decided to try a new method to get drivers' attention about the dangers of texting behind the wheel, putting them in the middle of an interactive PSA They worked with a movie theater in Hong Kong, surprising movie-goers with a first hand look at how fast a crash can happen. Instead of movie previews, the first thing the audience saw was the view behind the wheel as a car went down a road. Then, using location-based technology, they sent a text message to every cellphone in the theater. Within seconds of the audience members looking away from the screen to pull out their phones, the car crashed, startling the entire theater.

Indiana woman arrested with 271 Xanax pills

Troopers stopped a 2004 Jeep Liberty, with Indiana registration, for a speeding violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 131 in Allen County at 12:42 p.m., on June 2. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two grams of marijuana and 271 Xanax pills located in the passenger’s purse. The contraband has an approximately street value of $3,300. The driver, Jessika J. Fox, 22, of Indianapolis, Ind., was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.

West Virginian arrested for possession of $10,000 worth of Rx pills

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, with West Virginia registration, for several traffic violations on State Route 160 southbound, near milepost 4 in Gallia County at 8:28 p.m., on May 31. Troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Troopers also observed marijuana in plain view. During a pat down for weapons, troopers discovered 265 Oxycodone pills, worth $10,000 on the suspect’s person. The driver, Rubin A. Mitchell, 28, of Huntington, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Troopers seize marijuana and cash

Troopers stopped a 2002 Acura, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 9 in Hamilton County at 8:58 p.m., on June 2. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $14,000 on the rear passenger floorboard. Troopers also located $14,916 in cash in the center console. The driver, David E. Gretchen, Jr., 34, of Hamilton, Ohio was incarcerated in the Hamilton County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

Detroit man arrested for possession of Rx pills following traffic stop

Troopers stopped a 1999 Dodge Intrepid, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on the Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 158, in Hancock County at 1:51 a.m. on May 29. During interaction with the driver, he admitted to driving under suspension. During an administrative inventory of the vehicle revealed 120 Percocet pills and 12 Xanax pills in a gym bag in the vehicle’s truck. The contraband has an approximate street value of $1,032. The driver, Saudi Calvin, 40, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. Calvin was also charged with driving under suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Worthington Police Department stage car crash

6-State Trooper Project enforcement effort a success

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project for a high-visibility enforcement effort focused on safety belt use from May 19 – 26.  The multi-state initiative included members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police. more

Patrol releases their 2013 Operational Report with state, district and county enforcement data and statistics

View the report

Patrol apprehends armed robbery suspect

On May 27, at approximately 9:50 a.m. the Citizens National Bank in Bridgeport, Ohio was robbed at gun point. The suspect described as a white male, wearing blue sweat pants and a red t-shirt fled on foot down an ally. Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol St. Clairsville Post responded to the area to assist with searching for the suspect. At approximately 9:52 a.m., troopers located this suspect walking on County Road 24 away from the area where the robbery had occurred. Troopers approached the suspect, ordered him to the ground and took him into custody without further incident. Deputies with Belmont County Sheriff’s Office located the loaded handgun in the ally behind the bank. The investigation is ongoing.

Police methods for destroying drug evidence vary

Story from washingtonpost.com

Cardboard boxes and paper envelopes packed with marijuana, cocaine and other drugs line warehouse-style shelves at the State Highway Patrol’s Ohio crime laboratory, where seizures large and small are stored for safekeeping for sometimes years until they’re no longer needed as evidence.

Then comes a tricky task: How do you destroy it all? more

Troopers seize marijuana, plants and marijuana edibles from Michigan Man

Troopers stopped a 2013 Chevrolet Cruz, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 34, in Warren County at 11:09 a.m. on May 22. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable caused search revealed three pounds of hydroponic marijuana, 10 pounds of marijuana butter, three marijuana chocolate bars and 18 marijuana gummies. Troopers also discovered two marijuana plants on the rear floorboard. The contraband has an approximate street value of $65,000. The driver, Robert Vargason, Jr., 57, of Inkster, Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

Troopers seize marijuana from West Virginians

Troopers stopped a 2003 Dodge Caravan, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike eastbound, near milepost 134, in Lorain County at 5:01 p.m. on May 21. During contact with the occupants, criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 1.5 pounds of high grade marijuana inside two vacuum sealed bags contained within a dog food bag in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $3,750. The suspects, Heather Zema, 33, and Jeffrey Taylor, 32, both of New Cumberland, W.Va., were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, and trafficking marijuana, a fourth-degree felony.

Troopers seize Rx pills from Michigan man

Troopers stopped a 2009 Kia Spectra, with Kentucky registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 30 in Warren County at 1:53 a.m. on May 20. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers observed in plain view a marijuana cigarette on the center console. A probable cause search revealed three containers with false compartments inside containing 805 Hydrocodone pills, worth approximately 5,000. The driver, Frank Ennis, 40, of Warren Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, a second-degree felony and possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.

Troopers Launch Personal Campaign Telling Drivers to #MoveOver

Story from abc6onyourside.com

Law enforcement agencies across the country are using personal messages to the word out to drivers to "move over". The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined the movement, posting a picture of a Sergeant Vincent Shirey and his 5-month-old daughter holding a sign that reads, "Make sure my dad comes home tonight. #moveover" "We've had more troopers killed being struck by vehicles then we have troopers killed by gunfire," said Sergeant Shirey. In Ohio, the law requires that you move over one lane when passing any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. That includes tow trucks and other service vehicles. more

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