Almost 17,000 drug arrests made on Ohio highways in 2018

(Photo Supplied/Ohio Highway Patrol)

OHIO, (WOWO) – Drug arrests have increased along Ohio State Highways in the past year.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers made 16,956 total drug arrests in 2018, which is a 2 percent increase compared to 2017, and a 20 percent increase over the previous three-year average.

Quantities of drug seizures also substantially increased in 2018 over the previous year.

Methamphetamine seizures made a 197 percent increase; fentanyl, 151 percent increase; cocaine, 94 percent increase; heroin, 78 percent increase.

Troopers also recorded historic drug seizures in 2018, with two methamphetamine seizures consisting of 141.8 pounds and 94.6 pounds. Three of the top 10 heroin seizures on record were also conducted last year.

Motorists are reminded that public involvement is critical to highway safety. Call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug safety.

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