SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WYTV) – For the first half of 2015, the Warren post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol initiated more felony drug cases than any other post in the state. WYTV news partner The Tribune Chronicle says state troopers signed off on 161 drug cases in Trumbull County from January through June; compare that to 34 cases in the first half of 2014.
The patrol attributes the increase to an attentive and engaged workforce. Post Commander Lt. Brian Holt says, “The majority of felonies that occur in our state will at some point involve our highways. That means troopers have an opportunity to stop a multitude of crimes by being on the lookout for criminal indicators during traffic stops.”
And other police agencies are doing their work as well. The Tribune says the county has bound over 269 felony drug cases for grand jury consideration. At least 160 of those led to indictments.
Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Orr said the majority of heroin in the region comes from Detroit. He thinks the Mahoning Valley may be a “rest stop” for traffickers on their way to other parts of Ohio.