A joint operation between state and local law enforcement agencies to beef up traffic enforcement last week in Delaware County resulted in 121 arrests and hundreds of citations and warnings.
From 7 a.m. Thursday, June 5, through 7 a.m. Saturday, June 7, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Delaware Police Department, Powell Police Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol, among other agencies, participated in Operation Shield. The goal of the operation was to ramp up traffic enforcement to reduce drug trafficking and other criminal behavior in the county, according to a sheriff's office news release.
The operation focused on major thoroughfares, including Interstate 71, U.S. Route 23 and U.S. Route 42.
According to the sheriff's office, over the course of the two-day operation, the agencies:
* arrested 33 people on outstanding warrants.
* arrested 27 people on drug-related charges and four on weapon-related charges.
* arrested nine people for sex crimes.
* arrested 48 other people on various felony and misdemeanor charges.
"When local law enforcement pools their resources and targets specific areas, we think we can have a pretty significant impact in a short amount of time," Sheriff Russell Martin said.
The operation involved 75 staff members -- including civilian and administrative staff -- from 13 state and local agencies. Martin said the agencies had been planning the operation for more than four months.
The agencies confiscated 146 units of heroin, 43 grams of marijuana and four grams of cocaine during the sweep, reports said.
Martin said he and the other law enforcement officials who participated in the operation were in agreement that Delaware County is not immune from drug-trafficking problems.
"I think it's safe to say there are some pipelines" that run through the county, Martin said.
Officers also visited 48 establishments in the county that serve alcohol and cited three for serving alcohol to minors. Eight minors face charges of possession or consumption of alcohol after the operation, according to the sheriff's office.
Warnings were issued during the sweep to 588 motorists, which represents slightly less than half of the total number of traffic stops made, according to the sheriff's office.