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Ohio State Troopers Report Highway Drug Busts Increased In 2016

Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser driving
Raymond Clarke

The state’s battle against drug addiction takes place in venues ranging from homes to schools to major highways.

Once again, state troopers set a record for finding drugs on Ohio’s roads last year.

Highway Patrol Lieutenant Robert Sellers says the amount of drugs seized by the agency in traffic stops has increased every year since 2011. Last year alone, Sellers says the patrol seized over $50 million worth of drugs.

“If you break that down into individual dosage units or what a user would use, that’s approximately 2 million doses of heroin that was removed from our state and our communities,” he said.

Sellers credits troopers for looking beyond the license plates when they stop motorists on the highways. He says officers are studying trends and are paying attention to things that might indicate drugs are being transported.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.