Olentangy Valley News

Operation Shield’s first day yields 34 arrests

A ongoing operation by local and state law enforcement agencies in Delaware County led to 673 traffic stops and 34 arrests in its first day.

Thirteen agencies, including the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware Police Department, Powell Police Department and Ohio Highway Patrol, launched Operation Shield at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 5. The effort to ramp up traffic enforcement will wrap up 7 a.m. Saturday, June 7.

Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin said the operation has focused on major thoroughfares in the county, including Interstate 71, U.S. Route 23 and U.S. Route 42. Martin said the agencies had been planning the operation for months as a way to reduce drug trafficking and other illegal behavior in the county.

In the first 24 hours of the program, agencies made 673 traffic stops. According to the sheriff’s office, 332, or about 49 percent of the stops, resulted in warnings.

The remainder of the stops resulted in 13 felony arrests, 21 misdemeanor arrests and dozens of citations. Eight drivers face charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

During the first day of the operation, officers also seized a gram of cocaine, 19 grams of marijuana and 143 units of heroin, along with two weapons.

—Thomas Gallick