|Nearly half of 2013 OSP felony cases drug related|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 26 July 2013 09:56|
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported that more than 46 percent of the felony cases it's handled through June of this year have been drug related.
More than 40 of the patrol's 1,237 felony drug cases filed this year have occurred in Wood County. Over 2,685 felony cases in total have been filed.
The largest number of drug cases, at 99, was reported in Franklin County, with Scioto County (59), Cuyahoga County (55), and Lorain County (54) following.
"Every day our troopers are out on the road removing felons and drugs out of our communities," said Col. John Born, Patrol superintendent. "Taking the time to look for criminal indicators can go a long way towards a safer Ohio."
In addition, troopers have made 4,728 drug arrests during the first six months of 2013, an increase of 18 percent over the same time-frame in 2012, and an increase of 42 percent when compared to the previous three-year average.
During the first 6 months troopers have seized more prescription pills with stimulants, up 101 percent; depressants up 87 percent; and hallucinogens up 77 percent, when compared to the previous three-year average.
Drivers are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired driving or drug activity.
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