On Nov. 20-22, deputies and detectives with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Sheriff’s Office, US 23 Major Crimes Task Force, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Circleville Police Department and Washington Court House Police Department conducted criminal patrol highway interdiction between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in their respective jurisdictions.

This was a collaborative effort to intercept illegal narcotics being transported by vehicles on highways and destined for distribution in their communities. This interdiction effort was also intended to promote the safety of motorists during their pre-holiday travels by enforcing traffic laws on interstates, highways and streets.



The focus of the three-day interdiction was on highways – Interstate 71, US Route 35, US Route 23 and state Route 104 – which are known conduits for illegal drugs being transported for distribution into the communities. Targeted enforcement efforts were also conducted on known or suspected locations in each jurisdiction for illegal narcotics trafficking.

The three-day aggregate totals are:

• Total vehicle stops: 272;
• Total enforcement actions (stops with a citation): 48;
• OVI citations: one;
• Driving under suspension citations: 27;
• Other misdemeanor citations: 114;
• Warnings: 153;
• Assists: 76;
• Defects: one;
• Felony arrests (suspects): 10;
• Misdemeanor arrests (suspects): 16;
• Felony drug cases: 10;
• Misdemeanor drug cases: seven;
• Weapons arrests: one;
• Misdemeanor warrant arrests: seven;
• Felony warrant arrests: four;
• Narcotics seized: marijuana, 1.6 pounds; cocaine, 23.4 grams; crack, 3 grams; heroin, .3 grams; psilocybin, .5 grams; methamphetamine, 3.1 grams; fentanyl, 58.8 grams; and unknown brown powder, 405 grams;
• Vehicles forfeited: two;
• Property seized: $2,867.01.

The following is a breakdown by county.

Fayette County:
• Total vehicle stops: 48;
• Total enforcement actions (stops with a citation): 13;
• Driving under suspension citations: nine;
• Other misdemeanor citations: four;
• Warnings: 35;
• Felony arrests (suspects): one;
• Misdemeanor arrests (suspects): eight;
• Felony drug cases: three;
• Misdemeanor drug cases: five;
• Felony warrant arrests: two;
• Narcotics seized: marijuana, 22.2 grams; cocaine, 23.4 grams; psilocybin, .5 grams; methamphetamine, 1.6 grams; and unknown pills, seven;
• Vehicles forfeited: one.

Pickaway County:
• Total vehicle stops: 127;
• Total enforcement actions (stops with a citation): eight;
• OVI citations: one;
• Driving under suspension citations: seven;
• Other misdemeanor citations: 65;
• Warnings: 54;
• Assists: 21;
• Felony arrests (suspects): one;
• Misdemeanor arrests (suspects): six;
• Misdemeanor warrant arrests: four;
• Felony warrant arrests: four;
• Narcotics seized: marijuana, five grams.

Ross County:
• Total vehicle stops: 97;
• Total enforcement actions (stops with a citation): 27;
• Total enforcement actions (stops without a citation): 70;
• Driving under suspension citations: 11;
• Other misdemeanor citations: 14;
• Warnings: 64;
• Assists: 55;
• Defects: one;
• Felony arrests (suspects): six;
• Misdemeanor arrests (suspects): two;
• Felony drug cases: seven;
• Misdemeanor drug cases: two;
• Weapons arrests: one;
• Narcotics seized: marijuana, 1.5 pounds; cocaine, 3 grams; heroin, .3 grams; methamphetamine, 1.5 grams; fentanyl, 58.8 grams; and unknown brown powder, 405 grams;
• Vehicles forfeited: one;
• Cash seized: $2,867.01.