On June 22 nd and 23 rd The Fairfield-Athens-Pickaway Major Crimes Unit in cooperation with law enforcement agencies throughout Fairfield and Pickaway Counties participated in “Operation Blue Light” a statewide drug enforcement/interdiction effort. The focus of “Operation Blue Light” was to conduct high volume traffic stops and directed patrol operations around identified drug trafficking and high crime areas throughout the jurisdictions.
The operation resulted in one hundred and thirty-four (134) traffic stops and citizen contacts, thirty-four (34) arrests including three individuals wanted on federal drug charges, eighteen (18) drug cases, fourteen (14) vehicle and residence searches, and six (6) referrals to drug treatment and recovery programs. Additionally, the following contraband was seized,
- 43 grams of Fentanyl
- 45 grams of Methamphetamine
- 5.1 grams of Heroin
- 38.4 grams of Marijuana and THC Concentrates
- 35 Prescription drugs
- 2 handguns
- $2,098.00 US currency
This collaborative effort included Major Crimes Unit Detectives, four narcotic K-9’s, Patrol Officers, Deputies, and Troopers from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Circleville Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, Ashville Police Department, South Bloomfield Police Department, Logan Police Department, Commercial Point Police Department, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. This type of cooperation between multiple Law Enforcement Agencies has proven to be an effective way to expand an individual agency’s ability to address these types of crimes which have direct impact on the quality of life in the neighborhoods and
communities in which they occur.
In addition to the successful enforcement activities members of the Task Forces outreach program Project FORT were able to connect six individuals with drug treatment and recovery options including one person who was taken directly to an inpatient treatment facility where they have begun the recovery process from their substance use disorder.