For Immediate Release: November 13, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792
Criminal Patrol “All Out Days” net drugs, felony arrests
During two traffic stops troopers seize 1,672 Rx pills and 36 pounds of hydroponic marijuana
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted “All Out Days” on November 8 from Midnight through November 10 at 6 a.m. in which all sworn officers from all ranks were patrolling Ohio roads in an effort to remove the criminal element. The initiative, which served as a high visibility enforcement effort, also aimed to reduce fatal and injury crashes.
During the enforcement effort troopers made 119 drug arrests, 33 felony arrests, apprehended 67 wanted individuals and initiated 82 criminal cases. In addition, troopers arrested 281 impaired drivers.
During one traffic stop in Ashtabula County on Friday, troopers seized 36 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth an estimated $230,000. The driver, David Elliot, 63, of Lake Oswego, Ore., was incarcerated in the Ashtabula County Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana, both third-degree felonies.
Less than an hour later, troopers in Wood County seized 1,430 Oxycodone pills, 182 Alprazolam pills and 60 Levetiracetam pills, worth an estimated $31,000 following a traffic stop. The driver, Eddie Lamar Marshall, 41, of Fraser, Mich., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, both second-degree felonies.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol has had a renewed emphasis on removing criminals from Ohio’s roadways for the past couple years,” explained Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “The results have been overwhelming – troopers are removing more drugs and criminals than ever before. These arrests will have a direct impact on Ohio communities.”
The Patrol’s “All Out Day” is a way troopers are raising awareness about criminal activity and traffic safety. The Patrol plans to have at least one more “All Out Day” before the end of the year.
The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity.
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