Law enforcement agencies teamed up for Operation Shield.
Thursday marked the start of the second Operation Shield in Franklin County. The operation will continue through 7 a.m. Saturday.
On Friday, agencies released the results of the first day of the operation. Law enforcement conducted 640 traffic stops, made 17 OVI arrests, issued 34 driving under suspension citations and made 16 felony arrests.
Authorities also seized seven weapons, there stolen vehicles, more than 1,000 grams ecstasy, 980 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of crack cocaine and 127 grams of heroin.
Twenty-two drug cases were uncovered.
Troopers in the sky communicated with those on the ground about speeders or anything else illegal that they saw.
“(We’re) just doing everything south of Interstate 70 to put pressure on these bad guys and give people a little bit more security in their neighborhoods,” said Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott.
Cmdr. Gary Cameron with the Columbus Division of Police said that Operation Shield will help protect central Ohio.
“In Ohio, roughly 1,400 people every year die from drug overdose,” Cameron said. “It’s actually the leading cause of accidental death.”
Cameron said that drugs affect everyone.
“It’s not just the drug addicts who are overdosing,” Cameron said. “It’s also, as you can see, the weapons out on the street and the drug dealers who are fighting over their territories and monies. So, partnering together makes it far more effective than if we had just done this alone.”
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