Operation Heat Nets Drugs, Pills And Cash


Athens County and state law enforcement teamed up to conduct a 12 hour blitz on the roads to stop drug trafficking and other illegal activity.

Athens County deputies and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers planned on making 500 traffic stops from noon until midnight Thursday. They called their enforcement blitz 'Operation Heat'.

Around 10:00 p.m., deputies stopped a vehicle. They found 130 balloons of heroin inside and 500 dollars cash.

Earlier in the day deputies pulled over a car for speeding on U.S. 33 Eastbound. They found marijuana, prescription drugs and two handguns inside. The driver and passenger were arrested.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant George Harlow says U.S. 33 has historically been a major drug pipeline, but dealers are now finding alternate routes, to try to get around traffic stops.

"People who are bent on bringing drugs into our community. They know where we are and they try to avoid us. Today, when they take that secondary route, they're going to run into a state trooper somewhere," Lt. Harlow said.

More than 70 law enforcement officers and 6 K9s targeted highways, secondary roads and rural routes.

It was the largest joint operation of its kind in Athens County.

Law enforcement from as far away as Cambridge helped with the effort.