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Franklin County crime blitz: 16 arrested, Fentanyl and heroin seized, 4 stolen vehicles recovered

Deputies and undercover deputies partnered with other police departments in the crime blitz.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested more than a dozen suspects and seized illegal drugs during a 24-hour crime blitz throughout the county. 

The law enforcement agencies participated in “Operation Unity,” an initiative by police to crack down on criminal activity in certain parts of town. 

The sheriff's office started its part in the operation Thursday morning. Deputies and undercover deputies partnered with police departments in Minerva Park, Sharon Township, Mifflin Township and Perry Township during the operation. 

During the crime blitz, authorities recovered stolen vehicles, recovered illegal firearms and seized drugs like fentanyl and heroin. 

Below is the breakdown of what the sheriff’s office obtained during the operation:  

  • 109 traffic stops conducted    
  • 11 Vehicles impounded   
  • 27 citations issued    
  • 2 Juveniles arrested  
  • 36 written warnings issued    
  • 84 contacts with citizens on non-crime-related issues   
  • 14 felony arrests    
  • 10 grams of fentanyl seized   
  • 23 misdemeanor arrests    
  • 3 grams of heroin seized   
  • 20 no driver’s license citations    
  • 68 grams of marijuana seized  
  • 2 illegal guns recovered    
  • 30 Oxycontin pills   
  • 4 stolen vehicles recovered

OPERATION UNITY – a multi-jurisdictional operation by the Franklin County Chief’s Association. In the last 24 hours,...

Posted by Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 14, 2023

The "Operation Unity" crackdown began in 2021 when multiple law enforcement agencies across Franklin County worked together with the goal of stopping as much crime as possible.

Each operation focused on a specific area in the Columbus area and Franklin County and a specific goal, ranging from arresting felons on warrants and recovering illegal firearms and drugs.

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