Traffic enforcement efforts from Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers have yielded more than just traffic violation citations.
More than 860,000 grams of marijuana and 26,000 grams of heroin have been seized in the first half of 2017.
During traffic stops, troopers are trained to look beyond the initial violation for possible indicators of criminal activity.
According to a release from Lt. Matt Crow, Findlay Post Commander, troopers made 8399 total drugs arrests in the first half of the year. That is a 12% increase compared to 2016.
Around the region, there were 2 felony cases and drug arrests made in Hardin County, 7 in Wyandot County, 19 in Hancock County, 30 in Allen, 2 in Logan, 25 in Union, 13 in Auglaize and 43 in Marion County.
Motorists are reminded that public participation is critical to highway safety. Call # 677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.