Twenty-one people are facing charges after an offender roundup by the Delaware County Drug Task Force.

Twenty-one people are facing charges after an offender roundup by the Delaware County Drug Task Force.

The multi-agency effort began Oct. 26 and was expected to continue through Oct. 28. The sweep is in response to the growing opiate crisis across central Ohio, a sheriff’s press release said. Nearly all of the offenders face charges related to heroin or illegal use of prescription drugs.

During the last 10 months the task force seized more than 12 pounds of heroin — 30 times more than during 2009.

“By all accounts, this sweep was a success and more arrests are likely, but this effort will not eliminate illegal drugs from our community,” said Sheriff Walter Davis.

Local agencies participating in the sweep included police from Delaware, Sunbury, Powell and Westerville.

For more information, see www.delawarecountysheriff.com.

To report suspected drug activity, call 877-412-TIPS.