Patrol’s traffic enforcement yields drug arrests

GALLIPOLIS — In the first six months of 2015, the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated a wide range of felony offenses and increased total drug arrests from the year before, thanks to troopers who take extra time during traffic stops to look for possible indicators of criminal activity.

From January through June, troopers made 6,256 total drug arrests, representing a 10 percent increase compared to 2014 and a 30 percent increase compared to the previous 3-year average, 2012 to 2014.

So far this year, Gallia has 13 felony drug cases while Meigs County has three.

“The majority of felonies that occur in our state will, at some point, involve our highways,” said Lt. Max Norris, of the Gallia/Meigs post. “That means troopers have an opportunity to stop a multitude of crimes by being on the lookout for criminal indicators during traffic stops.”

Large drug seizures of the last six months include 235 pounds of marijuana seized in a Lorain County traffic stop and almost 150 grams of heroin at a Fairfield County traffic stop. In total, OSHP has seized more than 400,000 grams of marijuana and 84,000 grams of cocaine during the first half of 2015.

Motorists are reminded that public participation is critical to highway safety. Call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity. For a complete statistical analysis please visit