UPDATE: Operation Shield initiates 37 felony drug investigations
On Nov. 4 and 5 the following agencies joined forces and participated in the Multi-Agency Patrol Saturation (MAPS) in Crawford County also known as Operation Shield: Galion PD, Bucyrus PD, Crestline PD, Ohio Highway Patrol, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, the Adult Patrol Authority, METRICH and MARMET drug task force and the prosecutor’s office.
The program is designed to target high-risk areas for drug trafficking or other illegal activities, and have a positive impact on the community. The information used was derived from intelligence that was gathered prior to and during the operation. The program ran from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Nov. 4 and 5. The program was successful in that there were over 400 vehicles stopped for various violations and warnings. In some vehicles stopped there was heroin, pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia that was seized.
Several searches were conducted netting $20,000 in cash, numerous firearms were seized along with heroin, syringes and other drug paraphernalia items. A total of 19 persons were arrested and booked into the Crawford County Jail.
Of the 586 traffic stops there were 5 OVI arrests, 13 driving under suspension, 371 warnings and 184 defect notifications issued. In addition to the traffic enforcement all involved agencies reported the initiation of 37 drug investigations, all for felony drug offenses.
OSP stopped a vehicle and recovered a set of stolen plates. The suspect was charged with receiving stolen property by BPD.
OSP stopped and vehicle and a K-9 was called in. The dog made a positive indication on the vehicle. A probable cause searched revealed a Suboxone tablet in the vehicle. The suspect admitted to using and abusing the medication and was a known heroin user.
OSP stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation,the mother along with her 17 year old daughter was in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for OVI. During a probable cause search a cellophane package containing 29 miscellaneous pills were found in the suspect’s purse. The pills were identified as a Schedule IV substance. She was charged with OVI, endangering children and possessing drugs.
A search warrant was Executed at 19:20 hours on Nov. 4 in the 2400 block of North Main St., North Robinson by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Metrich and Marmett Drug Taskforce. Travis Ratliff occupied the residence. 6 weapons were seized along with the following items, Approximately $10,000.00 in cash, processed marijuana and 14 marijuana plants were seized from and elaborate grow room that was dismantled. Total weight was 7.2 lbs. Travis Ratliff, 30, was arrested and held pending filing charges.
APA conducted a home visit at in the 500 block of South Boston with assistance from Galion PD and Crawford County Deputies. On entering the residence the subject admitted to using heroin that night in this residence. She also admitted ownership of all syringes found in a black pouch in the bathroom. She turned over a syringe that was concealed in her undergarment. On inspecting her arms numerous needle tracks were revealed. She admitted to being on paper in Marion County. $11,000.00 in cash was removed from a bedroom. Elizabeth Brock was arrested for possession of drugs (heroin) and possession of drug abuse instruments. Brock was transported to the CCSO.
APA made a visit to the 800 block of South Sandusky, Bucyrus. The subject admitted that she lived at the residence with the owner. She had clothing and property at the apartment. During this inspection of the apartment by APA a bindle of heroin was found in the freezer. The subject voluntarily showed officers her arms and she had several fresh needle tracks on both arms. She admitted to using marijuana and heroin. The subject has prior convictions for trafficking in heroin in Crawford County.
Brooklyn Gilliland was charged with possession of heroin. She was arrested and transported to CCSO.
APA Home visit assisted by GPD and CCSO on the 500 block of E. Church Street. Both residents admitted to ownership of syringes, spoon, empty ballons and heroin recovered. Both admitted to using heroin just prior to the officers’ arrival. Mindy Prosser and Nick Powell were charged with possession of herion, possession of drug abuse instruments (syringes) and possession of drug paraphernalia (metal spoon and colored ballons). APA Holder transported to CCSO
Law enforcement officials received a lot of good comments during and after the activity was completed. All of the agencies involved felt that the exercise Crawford County Shield was worth the time committed to the mission.