April 25, 2014

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Lorain County ranks 4th in the state for felony drug arrests, Highway Patrol says

Lorain County ranks fourth in the state in felony drug arrests, according to the State Highway Patrol.

The patrol released its report on felony cases and drug arrests for January through June. In Lorain County, the patrol handled 54 felony drug cases.

Troopers made 4,728 total drug arrests across the state during the first six months of 2013 — an 18 percent increase from last year and a 42 percent increase compared with the previous three-year average. The number of marijuana, cocaine, crack and heroin arrests has increased substantially, and heroin cases increased 26 percent compared with the previous three-year average.

The most felony drug-related arrests have been made in Franklin, Scioto and Cuyahoga counties, according to the patrol. All but 10 of Ohio’s 88 counties recorded at least some felony drug arrests.

Lt. Travis Hughes, commander of the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, credited effective traffic enforcement with catching drugs in the county. What starts as a traffic stop can quickly escalate into a felony arrest, so paying attention to indicators of criminal activity is important, he said in a release from the Elyria post.

“Every day our troopers are out on the road removing felons and drugs out of our communities,” Hughes said. “Taking the time to look for criminal indicators can go a long way toward a safer Ohio.”

Drug interdiction efforts are essential to improving the quality of life in Ohio, according to the patrol. Dangerous drugs are being trafficked into Ohio, broken down into smaller quantities and are making their way into Ohio communities, the patrol said.

During the first six months of 2013, troopers have seized more prescription pills, with stimulants up 101 percent, depressants up 87 percent and hallucinogens up 77 percent, when compared to the previous three-year average.

In an effort to curb drug and alcohol use, troopers encourage drivers to call #677 to report impaired driving or drug activity.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.