Highway Patrol Says Heroin Seizures Up 327 Percent

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ELYRIA, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol released its 2012 six month drug arrest and seizure report and the data shows a drastic rise in the amount of heroin confiscated by law enforcement.

According to the report, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers have seized 27,875 grams of heroin in the first six months of 2012. The report indicates the amount of heroin seized is a 327 percent increase over the same period in 2011.

In addition to heroin, the trafficking of marijuana is also up compared to last year.

The report states that marijuana seizures so far this year are up 107 percent.

According to the OSHP overall drug arrests across the state are up 30 percent. Thus far 3,963 arrests for illegal drugs were made in 2012.

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

To view the entire report, click here.