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OSHP's number of drug arrests, seizures continue to rise in 2012

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This map shows the number of drug arrests across the state, which has increased significantly since last year. This map shows the number of drug arrests across the state, which has increased significantly since last year.

COLUMBUS, OH (Toledo News Now) - The number of Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers' drug arrests and seizures continues to climb in 2012.

Troopers have seized 27,875 grams of heroin in the first six months of 2012, which is a 327 percent increase over the same period in 2011. In addition, marijuana seizures by gram have increased 107 percent. Overall drug arrests across the state are up 30 percent.

Franklin County led the state with 310 drug arrests, followed by Lorain with 154 and Lucas with 150. A drug arrest was made in every Ohio county except for Holmes during the first six months of 2012.

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

"Our troopers are out on the roadways everyday looking beyond the traffic stop. They are detecting and removing the criminal element from our communities," said Col. John Born, OSHP superintendent. "But we can't do this on our own; the public is encouraged to call #677 to report drug activity."

View the Patrol's 2012 six-month drug recap.

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