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April 24, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $65,000 worth of marijuana in Wood County

On April 18, 2018, troopers stopped a 2010 Ford Fusion with Pennsylvania registration for a lane violation on Interstate 80 in Wood County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a duffle bag containing 14 pounds of marijuana worth $65,000. The driver, Rolando G. Redway, 42, of Upper Darby, Pa., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Redway was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail.

April 23, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $17,094 worth of marijuana in Miami County

On April 18, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 Nissan pick-up truck with Tennessee registration for improper lane change violations on Interstate 75 in Miami County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed numerous zip-lock bags of hydroponic marijuana, weighing a total of 6 pounds and worth $17,094. The driver, Carnie J. Colliver, 20, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

April 23, 2018

Ohio Highway Patrol tells drivers to focus on road

From The Times Leader – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers know the dangers of distracted driving, and they are observing National Distracted Driving Awareness Month as an occasion to remind motorists to keep their eyes on the road. More.

April 19, 2018

Promotion

Troopers seize $25,276 worth of heroin in Ottawa County

On April 17, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2016 Chevrolet Cruze with Texas registration for a turn signal violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Ottawa County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 142 grams of heroin in a vacuum-sealed package. The contraband has a street value of $25,276. The suspect, Demarco M. Johnson, 27, of Westfield, Mich., and Demetrius Cassity, 23, of Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies. Both men were incarcerated in the Ottawa County Jail.

April 18, 2018

Troopers cracking down on distracted driving this week

From WHIO – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is working with five other states to crack down on distracted driving. More.

April 16, 2018

Promotion

Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Front row (L-R): Lieutenant Lawrence Roberts, Captain Charles A. Jones and Staff Lieutenant Douglas A. Hamman. Back row (L-R): Sergeant Samuel C. Criswell and Sergeant Jerrold T. March.

April 6, 2018

Troopers

OVI Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to our troopers who were recognized today for leading the state in removing impaired drivers from our roads. In 2017, troopers arrested 27,340 drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol which led to a reduction in impaired driving fatal crashes.

April 6, 2018

Troopers

Safety Belt Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to our troopers who were recognized today for their seat belt enforcement efforts last year. In total, troopers cited 136,400 for not wearing safety belts. Troopers ask that you wear your safety belt every time and insist that those who travel with you buckle up as well.

April 6, 2018

Nitrous Oxide

Troopers seize $177,471 worth of Nitrous Oxide in Summit County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a New York man after a traffic stop in Summit County. Read More

April 5, 2018

drugs

Troopers seize $9,000 worth of heroin, marijuana and a handgun in Hamilton County

On April 2, 2018, troopers stopped a 2003 Honda Accord with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 275 in Hamilton County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a loaded handgun under the driver's seat, 20 grams of marijuana on the driver's person and 60 grams of heroin on the passenger's person. The contraband has an approximate street value of $9,000. The driver, Davontay Wynn, 21, of Cincinnati, was charge with weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, improper handling, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor. The passenger, Montiar Bell, 27, of Cincinnati, was charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony. Both were incarcerated in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

April 4, 2018

Troopers to target distracted drivers on Interstates 80, 76

From WKBN – Local authorities with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ohio Department of Transportation will begin an effort targeting distracting driving. Read more

April 4, 2018

drugs

Troopers seize $50,000 worth of marijuana plants in Trumbull County

On March 31, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 Dodge Caravan with Michigan registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 in Trumbull County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of burnt and raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed approximately 15 marijuana plants and loose marijuana totaling 20 pounds. The contraband has an approximate street value of $50,000. The driver, Robert Larch, 19, of Ecorse, Mich., was charged with trafficking, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Larch was incarcerated in the Trumbull County Jail.

March 29, 2018

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Troopers seize $1,912 worth of methamphetamine in Erie County

On March 26, 2018, troopers stopped a 2003 Buick with Ohio registration for a speed violation on State Route 4 in Erie County. Criminal indicators were observed and an Erie County Sheriff's Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 63 grams of methamphetamine worth $1,912. The driver, Brandon Willard, 33, of Clyde, was charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Willard was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail.

March 28, 2018

OSHP cracking down on reckless driving near semi-trucks

Tailgating, no turn signals, driving recklessly, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is cracking down on dangerous drivers. More.

March 22, 2018

Congratulations to the new members of the Patrol’s “Over the Hill” club.

On March 23, 2018, the remaining active members of the 117th Academy Class achieved 30 years of service. Congratulations to the new members of the Patrol’s “Over the Hill” club. Back row (left to right): Sergeant Sheldon L. Robinson, Trooper David J. Schultz, Captain Patrick B. Vessels and Lieutenant Colonel Kevin D. Teaford. Front row: Sergeant Yvonne L. Thorne and Captain Chris J. Zurcher. 117

March 22, 2018

Cocaine

Rosenberger honors 2017 Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) Wednesday presented a resolution on the House floor to honor Trooper Brittany Noah, the 2017 Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Trooper of the Year. Read More

March 20, 2018

Cocaine

Troopers seize $5,984 worth of cocaine, marijuana and Xanax pills in Wood County

On March 17, 2018, a 2010 Kia Forte with Ohio registration entered an OVI checkpoint in the city of Bowling Green in Wood County. During interaction with the occupants, the odor of raw marijuana was detected. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 37 grams of cocaine, approximately one pound of marijuana, 65 Xanax pills and a digital scale. The contraband has an approximate street value $5,984. The suspects, Kyler Famble, 19, Tyler King, 19, Kyren King, 20, Jerel Horton, 19, and George Daniel, 19, all from Cincinnati, were charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies, trafficking in marijuana and possession and trafficking in Xanax, all fourth-degree felonies and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. The individuals were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail.

March 15, 2018

Don't Press your Luck this St. Patrick's Day

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging those who are planning on celebrating St. Patrick's Day to designate a sober driver. The Patrol and local law enforcement will work together to remove impaired drivers from the roadways as part of the National Highway Safety Administration's Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign. Read More

March 15, 2018

Cocaine

Troopers seize $16,000 worth of fraudulent ID cards, debit/credit cards, Apple iMac computers and iPad Pros in Ottawa County

On March 11, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2012 Dodge Caravan with New York registration for a speed violation on State Route 2 in Ottawa County. Criminal indicators were observed a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search 26 fraudulent ID cards, 36 fraudulent debit/credit cards, four new Apple iMac computers and two new iPad Pro tablets were located in the vehicle. The items have a street value of $16,000. The suspect, David Romero, 62, of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., was charged with forgery and ID theft, both fifth-degree felonies. Romero was incarcerated in the Ottawa County Jail.

March 14, 2018

Two major drug dealers have been arrested by the MARMET/METRICH Drug Task Force. Read more

March 9, 2018

Cocaine

Troopers seize 17 pounds of cocaine in Wood County

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Arizona woman after a traffic stop in Wood County. Read More

March 5, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $43,900 worth of methamphetamines and marijuana in Jackson County

On March 1, 2018, troopers stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Impala with Ohio registration for a signal violation on U.S. 35 in Jackson County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 19 pounds of marijuana. During a pat-down for weapons, troopers also located 154 grams of methamphetamines on a passenger. The contraband has an approximate street value of $43,900. The driver, Michael D. Odell, 21, and passengers, Joshua A. Williams, 19, and Chelsey R. Little, 19, all from Columbus, were charged with drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance, both first-degree felonies. The individuals were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.

March 5, 2018

Patrol continues to focus on impaired driving arrests

From the Lima News – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are continuing to focus on impaired driving enforcement – and those efforts are paying off, according to area post commanders. Read More.

February 28, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $30,350 worth of marijuana edibles, solid and liquid hash in Lucas County

On February 24, 2018, troopers stopped a 2013 Nissan Altima with Ohio registration for a speed violation on Interstate 475 in Lucas County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Waterville Township drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 10 pounds of marijuana edibles, 73 grams of hashish oil and 70 grams of solid hashish in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $30,350. The suspects, Amanda Meyer, 32, Stephanie Kidwell, 36, Deron Elliot, 33, and Ian Overton, 32, all from Cincinnati, were charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, solid and liquid hashish, all third-degree felonies. The individuals were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail.

February 27, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $75,000 worth of marijuana in Summit County

On February 22, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta with Virginia registration for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 21 heat-sealed bags of high-grade marijuana weighing 25 pounds in the vehicle’s trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $75,000. The driver, James T. Pollard, 28, of Richmond, Va., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Pollard was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail.

February 26, 2018

Meth

Troopers seize $20,000 worth of methamphetamine in Guernsey County

On February 16, 2018, troopers stopped a 2018 Hyundai Elantra with Pennsylvania registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 77 in Guernsey County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two baggies containing approximately 200 grams of methamphetamine worth $20,000. The driver, Jordan Lott, 27, and passenger, Ranika Babie, 27, both from Akron, were charged with possession and trafficking in methamphetamine, both first-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail.

February 26, 2018

Promotions

Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Front row (left to right): Dispatch Supervisor Dawn L. Stephens and Sergeant Ivan Nunez. Second row (left to right): Financial Analyst Supervisor Lori L. Click, Sergeant Timothy A. Grimm, Sergeant Drew M. Hertlein and Chemical Laboratory Supervisor 2 Jacqueline C. Smith. Third row (left to right): Sergeant John Stevens, Sergeant Edward G. Franke and Sergeant Chad M. McMunn.

February 23, 2018

Patrol Announces 2017 Leadership Awards

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the recipients of their 2017 Leadership Awards today. Read More.

February 22, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $10,000 worth of marijuana in Summit County

On February 16, 2018, troopers stopped a 2002 Volkswagen Passat with Michigan registration for a following too close violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. During interaction with the occupants, the suspects admitted to possessing 4 pounds of high grade marijuana worth $10,000. The suspects, Eric W. Versen, 28, and Jessica R. Reager, 32, both from Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies.

February 20, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize $12,142 worth of marijuana in Van Wert County

On February 14, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Toyota Camry with Indiana registration for a speed violation on U.S. 30 in Van Wert County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of burnt and raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana on the floorboards and approximately 5 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. The contraband has an approximate street value of $12,142. The driver, D. Osha Berumen, 23, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Berumen was incarcerated in the Van Wert County Jail.

February 20, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol removes $52 million in drugs from Ohio's roadways in 2017

From The News-Herald – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers through their continued efforts to look beyond the plates prevented $52,418,987 worth of drugs in 2017 from reaching Ohio communities. Read More.

February 16, 2018

Expect more troopers on I-75 this weekend

From Enquirer – Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky are working together to crack down on speeding and impaired driving on Interstate 75 this weekend, officials said. Read More.

February 16, 2018

Four from Cleveland indicted for trafficking Oxycodone and hundreds of pounds of marijuana; five firearms and $2.1 million seized

From the U.S. Attorney's Office – Four Cleveland men were named in a 25-count federal indictment that charges they conspired to distribute at least 220 pounds of marijuana and 345 pills of Oxycodone, law enforcement officials said. Read More.

February 15, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $10,980 worth of crack, heroin and fentanyl in Summit County

On February 13, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Infinity with Georgia registration for a license plate violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a pat-down, both the driver and passenger voluntarily removed plastic bags containing crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl from their persons. The contraband has an approximate street value of $10,980. The suspects, Tyron Adams, 23, and Kamarr James, 23, both from Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail.

February 13, 2018

Marijuana

Troopers seize 48 pounds of marijuana in Summit County

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February 12, 2018

Auxiliary

Congratulations to the 2018 Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary Class

The OSHP Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force which provides assistance to troopers in the course of their duties. Among the duties of an Auxiliary officer are crash scene and traffic stop assistance, traffic control, disaster relief and special detail support.

February 8, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $90,000 worth of cocaine in Summit County

On February 7, 2018, troopers stopped a rented 2018 Chevrolet Malibu with Florida registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 80 in Summit County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a duffel bag containing more than 2 pounds of cocaine worth $90,000. The driver, Pedro L. Valle, 30, and passenger, Miguel A. Dejesus, 31, both of Bridgeport Conn., were charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Summit County Jail.

February 7, 2018

Methamphetamine

Troopers seize $100,000 worth of methamphetamine in Madison County

On January 26, 2018, troopers stopped a 2009 Dodge Avenger with Oklahoma registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70 in Madison County. Criminal indicators were observed and the driver was removed from the vehicle. The passenger got into the driver's seat and fled until the vehicle was disabled by stop sticks. A search of the vehicle revealed 10 pounds of methamphetamine worth $100,000 and a loaded handgun. The suspects, Irene Vanderburg, 23, and Paul Lindahl, 52, both from Oklahoma City, both were charged with possession of schedule I substance, a second-degree felony, carrying concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony and failure to comply, a third-degree felony. Both were incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail.

February 5, 2018

Patrol's effective traffic enforcement yields drug arrests

In 2017, the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated a wide range of felony offenses and saw an increase in total drug arrests from 2016. Read More

February 2, 2018

Troopers

In December, Sergeant Jacob T. Tidaback witnessed a head-on crash in Huron County. He quickly approached the vehicle and observed the driver was unresponsive. A fire broke out in the engine compartment and Sgt. Tidaback removed the driver. Witnesses provided assistance to the driver as he extinguished the fire. Sgt. Tidaback provided CPR for the driver until EMS arrived. Despite his efforts, the driver later passed away. For his actions, Sgt. Tidaback was presented with a Certificate of Recognition.

February 2, 2018

Troopers seize $7,700 worth of prescription pills in Pickaway County

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On January 28, 2018, troopers stopped a 2001 Buick with South Carolina registration for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23 in Pickaway County. During interaction with the driver, signs of impairment were observed and the driver was subsequently arrested for OVI. A search incident to arrest revealed 144 Adderall pills, 146 Tramadol pills and 95 Clonazepam pills. The contraband has an approximate street value of $7,700. The driver, Jeremy D. Sims, 36, of McConnells, S.C., was charged with trafficking in drugs, a third, fourth and fifth degree felony, possession of drugs, a third-degree felony and possession of drugs, two first-degree misdemeanors. He was incarcerated in the Pickaway County Jail.

February 2, 2018

Fans don't let fans drive drunk

From the Jackson County Times-Journal – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging fans to be safe this Sunday by refraining from driving impaired. Read More

February 1, 2018

ACE and Criminal Patrol Awards

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Congratulations to the winners of Ace and Criminal Patrol Awards who were recognized today! These troopers worked diligently to look "beyond the plate" in order to remove drugs from Ohio communities and return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.

February 1, 2018

Seven K9 units graduated today from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy

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Graduates include: K9 Rexey with Trooper James Baker from the Cleveland District, K9 Xaro with Trooper Griffin Kelley from the Cleveland District, K9 Zeus with Trooper John Lamm from the Warren District, K9 Mickey with Trooper Matthew Atwood from the Jackson District, K9 Rocky with Trooper Timothy Markowski from the Jackson District and K9 Zarra with Officer Kyle Jacobs from the Whitehall Police Department. (Not pictured: K9 Atos with Trooper Colt Browne from the Bucyrus District)

January 31, 2018

Troopers seize $90,000 worth of hydroponic marijuana in Portage County

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On January 28, 2018, troopers stopped a 2016 Ford Explorer with Texas registration for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Portage County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a duffle bag containing 18 pounds of hydroponic marijuana worth $90,000. The driver, Welquis Lopez, 38, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Portage County Jail. Lopez was charged with felony possession and trafficking in marijuana.

January 29, 2018

Troopers seize 72 pounds of marijuana

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On January 24, troopers stopped a 2012 Chevy Malibu with Tennessee registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 80 in Lucas County. The driver, Abraham Valdovinos-Lopez, 32, of Guadalajara, Mexico, did not have a valid driver license. An administrative inventory of the vehicle revealed 72 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $168,120. Read More

January 25, 2018

Pickaway County man pleads guilty to transporting illegal aliens from Mexico

Two cousins have each been charged in the Southern District of Ohio with unlawfully transporting illegal aliens, primarily Mexican citizens, within the United States. Read More

January 25, 2018

Troopers seize 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in Miami County

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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a Georgia man after a traffic stop in Miami County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana valued at approximately $226,950. Read More

January 24, 2018

Troopers seize $96,000 worth of marijuana in Cuyahoga County

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On January 22, 2017, troopers stopped a 2015 Jeep Patriot with Georgia registration for speeding and marked lanes violations on Interstate 71 in Cuyahoga County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 24 pounds of marijuana worth $96,000 in the vehicle. The driver, Jessica Strother, 28, of Cleveland, was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Strother was incarcerated in the Medina County Jail.

January 23, 2018

Human trafficking: Ohio State Highway Patrol taking part in multi-state initiative

From the News-Herald – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is collaborating with the Indiana State Police, Michigan State Police, Illinois State Police and Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness about human trafficking. Read More

January 22, 2018

138th Cleveland Basic Class graduates 38 officers

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Please join us in congratulating the members of the 138th Basic Peace Officer Class who graduated after 22 weeks of training. The 38 graduates represent 23 agencies across Ohio. Read More

January 12, 2018

Troopers encouraging commercial vehicle safety

From the Record-Courier – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to drive safely when sharing the road with commercial vehicles. Read More

January 11, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol honors local troopers for saving boy from choking

From the Vindicator – A pair of Ohio State Troopers were recognized for their actions that helped save a young boy. Read More

January 11, 2018

Driver indicted in serious crash involving heroin, school bus in Clayton

From Dayton Daily News – A woman suspected of using heroin before a crash involving a school bus that split another car in two was indicted today. Read More

January 11, 2018

Troopers seize $5,000 worth of marijuana in Lucas County

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On January 9, 2018, troopers stopped a 2003 Ford F-150 with Ohio registration for following too close on Interstate 475 in Lucas County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 493 grams of marijuana worth $5,000 in the vehicle. The driver, Ryan Scheerer, 43, of Fremont, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

January 10, 2018

Regional law enforcement visits DEA Intelligence Center

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From the Lima News – Law enforcement officials from Ohio and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrived in Texas Dec. 12 to visit the DEA's El Paso Intelligence Center. Read More

January 10, 2018

Troopers seized $18,132 worth of heroin in Lucas County

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On January 8, 2018, troopers stopped a 2012 Toyota Camry with Illinois registration for following too close and turn signal violations on Interstate 80 in Lucas County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 151 grams of heroin worth $18,132 in the vehicle's trunk. The driver, Balford Reid, 39, and passenger, Larry Neal, 46, both from Chicago, were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies. Both suspects were incarcerated in the Lucas County Justice Center.

January 8, 2018

Troopers seized $19,494 worth of marijuana in Preble County

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On January 4, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 GMC Savanna van with Indiana registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70 in Preble County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed eight vacuum-sealed bundles of hydroponic marijuana weighing more than 7 pounds locked in the cargo compartment. The contraband has an approximate street value of $19,494. The driver, David A. Cole, 48, of Unionville, Ind., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Cole was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail.

January 8, 2018

Trooper seized $6,350 worth of marijuana in Erie County

Marijuana January 5

On January 5, 2018, troopers came upon a disabled 2002 Toyota with Ohio registration on Interstate 80 eastbound in Erie County. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed three vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana weighing more than 2 pounds worth $6,350. The driver, Tyler J. Pitts, 27, of, Parma, was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. Pitts was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail.

January 5, 2018

awards

In November, Trooper Donte' M. Hanns observed a car emitting smoke that had been involved in a crash near Fremont. Nurse Ginger Havlin was on scene and rendered first aid. While they attempted to free the driver, the car caught fire. Trooper Hanns then broke the window and was able to remove the driver before the car became engulfed in flames. For their lifesaving actions, Ginger Havlin and Trooper Hanns were presented with a Certificate of Recognition.

January 3, 2018

Ohio State Highway Patrol reports fewer holiday traffic deaths

From the Youngstown Vindicator – The Ohio State Highway Patrol says traffic deaths were down compared to last year during the just-concluded extended holiday weekends. Read more

January 2, 2018

Troopers seize 70 pounds of marijuana in Fulton County

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On December 31, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Ford Expedition for a speed violation on Interstate 80. Criminal Indicators were observed and a Wauseon Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 70 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $318,000. Read more.

December 18, 2017

State troopers team up to return woman's lost purse

From the Sandusky Register – April Smith thought she’d lost her six-year old son’s $250 worth of Christmas money when she left her purse on the side of the road while driving through Erie County on Christmas Day. Read more

December 27, 2017

Ohio State trooper, good Samaritans honored for life-saving efforts in Grafton Township

From Cleveland 19 News – The Ohio State Highway Patrol honored a trooper and two bystanders at a ceremony for their efforts toward saving a man's life. Read more

December 21, 2017

Highway Patrol to focus on impaired drivers this holiday season

Troopers will focus enforcement efforts to remove impaired drivers from roadways over the holiday season. Read more

December 21, 2017

Troopers seize hydroponic marijuana, marijuana brownies and solid hashish in Miami County

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On December 21, 2017, troopers stopped a 2004 Jeep Cherokee with Michigan registration for speed and turn signal violations on Interstate 75 in Miami County. Criminal indicators were observed and the driver admitted to having personal use of marijuana in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed more than 3 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, marijuana brownies and more than 18 grams of solid hashish in the rear cargo area. The contraband has an approximate street value of $10,215. The driver, Patrick Green, 59, of West Branch, Mich., was charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, possession of hashish and criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. Green was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

December 19, 2017

Troopers seize 251 grams of heroin in Hamilton County

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On December 19, 2017, troopers stopped a 2017 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck with Ohio registration for a registration violation on Northland Boulevard in the city of Springdale in Hamilton County. A Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed 251 grams of heroin under the driver's seat. The contraband has an approximate street value of $37,650. The driver, Hector Carillo, of Mexico, was charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies. Carillo was incarcerated in the Hamilton County Jail.

December 20, 2017

138th Cleveland Basic Class

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Please join us in congratulating the 138th Cleveland Basic Class on completion of their training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

December 20, 2017

Patrol Holds Promotions Ceremony

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Please join us in congratulating the newly promoted members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Back row (left to right): Lieutenant Jonathan A. Gray and Sergeant Joshua Beynon. Middle Row (left to right): Sergeant Michael Mahaffey and Sergeant Timothy B. Williamson. Front row (left to right): Chemical Laboratory Supervisor 2 Nicholas J. Baldauf and Lieutenant Eric S. Damron.

December 12, 2017

Troopers seize more than $19,000 worth of contraband in Preble County

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On December 12, 2017, troopers stopped a 2009 Mazda 3 MX3 with West Virginia registration for an improper lane change on Interstate 70 in Preble County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than 6 pounds of marijuana, 46 grams of solid hashish and drug paraphernalia. Troopers also located 2 grams of methamphetamine and a pipe on the driver's person. The contraband has an approximate street value of $19,353. The driver, Jeramie D. Walker, 38, of Marietta, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony, possession of solid hashish, a fourth-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Walker was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail.

December 18, 2017

Troopers seize 120 pounds of marijuana in Preble County

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A California man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized $330,000 of marijuana in a Preble County traffic stop. Read more.

December 15, 2017

The Ohio State Highway Patrol St. Clairsville Post is collecting new toys for children spending the holiday at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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December 15, 2017

Union Local High School receives award for safety belt usage

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On December 15, 2017, Union Local High School was presented with an award for the highest safety belt usage among student drivers and passengers. Troopers from the Saint Clairsville Post completed unannounced surveys at seven Belmont County High Schools. Union Local students had an 86% usage rate and received a billboard, sponsored by United Dairy, adjacent to the high school that announced their accomplishment. McDonald's also provided "Be Our Guest" cards for a free sandwich to the student drivers and passengers who were wearing safety belts as they entered the school parking lot. During a presentation, Lieutenant James Faunda spoke to the students about the importance of wearing a safety belt and Staff Lieutenant Steven Rine encouraged them to strive for 100% usage.

December 14, 2017

Youngstown U.S. Air Force Reserve unveils new nose art, from the Youngstown Vindicator

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On December 6, 2017, troopers stopped a 2002 Honda Odyssey with New Hampshire registration for a following too close violation on Interstate 70 in Madison County. Read more

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