Troopers with the Ohio State Patrol are making more drug arrests during traffic stops than ever before.
Through June of this this year, the Patrol has made 4,728 drug arrests, an increase of 18 percent over the same time frame in 2012, and an increase of 42 percent when compared to the previous three years.
“Every day our troopers are out on the road removing felons and drugs out of our communities,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “Taking the time to look for criminal indicators can go a long way towards a safer Ohio.”
Born said dangerous drugs are being trafficked into Ohio, broken down into smaller quantities and are making their way into Ohio communities.
Of those drug arrests, 25 were in Trumbull County, 19 in Mahoning County and 15 in Columbiana County. Hamilton and Scioto counties had the highest rate of arrests with 99 and 59 respectively.
The seizure of prescription pill stimulants is up 101 percent, depressants 87 percent, and hallucinogens 77 percent compared to the previous three years.