multi-agency exercise nets multiple arrests


By Frank Lewis

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A couple of traffic stops made by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers in Gallia and Jackson counties over a two-day period has led Oak Hill Police Chief Donald R. Arbogast and members of the Jackson Municipal Court probation department along with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s meth clean up officer, to remove 24 meth labs from a residence on the outskirts of Oak Hill.

In addition to dealing with the meth labs, officers with the Rio Grande Police Department initiated a traffic stop which lead to the discovery and arrest of a subject trafficking in marijuana in the Rio Grande area. Other stops throughout the 48 hour detail resulted in the seizure of over 76 grams of marijuana, 33 grams of heroin, 59 prescription narcotics and a loaded gun were removed from the roadways.

The activity was part of an inter-agency exercise. Police in Oak Hill and the surrounding areas conducted a two day enforcement blitz in Gallia, Jackson, and Scioto counties on Oct. 2 and 3. The operation was a collaboration of police from the Oak Hill Police Department, the Rio Grande Police Department, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Investigative Unit, and several supporting agencies such as Adult Parole and the Jackson County and Gallia County Prosecutor’s Offices.

The two-day event produced 379 traffic stops, 28 cases were initiated, 6 wanted persons were apprehended, four OVI’s and 15 suspended drivers were removed from the roadways.

“The joint effort between agencies allows for better communication and sharing of intelligence which leads to improved tactics for countering the crime behaviors in the area,” Lieutenant Karla Taulbee, Jackson District Criminal Patrol Commander, said.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Officers find 24 meth labs in one house

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