6-State Trooper Project Netted Arrests for Drugs, Weapons

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Highway Patrol and other members of the 6-State Trooper Project recently collaborated to remove drugs and illegal weapons from our communities. This initiative began on Thursday, March 10 at 12:01 a.m. and ended on Saturday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m. The high-visibility enforcement included the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

During the 6-State Trooper Project, the Patrol made 20 illegal weapon arrests and 134 drug arrests. In all, the six participating agencies made 487 drug arrests and 76 for illegal weapons.

“By stopping drugs and illegal weapons from being on our roadways, we are making an impact in our communities,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “The partnerships with our neighboring states help make the roads safer for everyone to travel into and out of Ohio.”

The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

Criminal Patrol & Drug Interdiction March 10-12, 2022

Kentucky State Police
• The Drug Enforcement Special Investigations East Interdiction Team conducted a search warrant on March 10 in support of a larger ongoing investigation. The following was seized during the search:
– 1760 Oxycodone 30 mg pills
– $53,573 US Currency
– 7 Firearms
– $35,000 US Currency from bank account 2017 Ram 2500 Power wagon
– 2017 Dodge Challenger
• The Kentucky State Police seized in total, $91,935.00 US Currency, 9 weapons, 2 vehicles, 144.3 grams marijuana, 12.3 grams meth, 2 grams cocaine, and 1,811 dose units of other/pills.

Ohio State Highway Patrol
• On 3/12/2022, Troopers stopped a vehicle on I80 in Ottawa County. Criminal indicators were observed, and a probable cause search revealed 198 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.
• On 3/12/2022, Troopers stopped a vehicle on SR823 in Scioto County. An OSHP canine alerted to the vehicle, and a probable cause search revealed 264 grams of cocaine in the vehicle.
Pennsylvania State Patrol
• 03/10/22 – SHIELD Unit member initiated a traffic stop that resulted in the seizure of 59 pounds of marijuana.
• 03/10/22 – PSP Troop D – Members were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Interstate I- 80. Upon further investigation it was determined the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of two (2) stolen firearms.
• 03/11/22 – PSP Troop R member initiated a traffic stop that resulted in the seizure of three- hundred ten (310) marijuana plants and supplies for growing marijuana.

West Virginia State Police
• Total drugs Seized $7710.00 street value.