For Immediate Release: May 8, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston 614-752-2792
Multi-State effort focuses on impaired driving and drug interdiction on Interstate 70 / 75
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Indiana State Police on Interstate 70 and 75 on May 3– 5, in an ongoing effort to combat drug trafficking and impaired driving.
This multi-agency enforcement effort is part of the 6 State Trooper Project, which is aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.
This successful enforcement effort netted 78 arrests for impaired driving and 40 criminal cases.
“Successful multi-agency enforcement efforts, like the one this past weekend, illustrate the collective power of making our roadways and communities safer for everyone,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent.
During one traffic stop, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier for a following too close violation on Interstate 75, near milepost 114, at 12:24 a.m. on May 4. Troopers observed criminal indicators and obtained consent to search the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 195 Xanax, 125 Methadone, 20 Hydrocodone, 2 Oxycodone pills, and 15 grams of marijuana in a duffle bag on the floor of the vehicle.
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