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Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission seized more than $42 million in narcotics in 2021

A display of items seized by Ohio law enforcement.
A display of items seized by Ohio law enforcement. (Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission)

The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission seized more than $42 million in illegal drugs in 2021, surpassing the $29 million in confiscations the previous year, according to a news release.

The commission is a collaborative effort involving federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Gov. Mike DeWine and Homeland Securities Special Agent-in-Charge Vance Callender announced Wednesday that the commission’s major drug interdiction task forces confiscated the following drugs this year, compared with 2020:

The increase in seizure amounts is attributable to the addition of a new commission task force, the expansion of other task forces, increased levels of drug trafficking in Ohio and the culmination of long-term investigations, officials said in the release.

Also confiscated were 167 firearms, $4.5 million in currency, 7,906 opioid pain pills and 1,205 other prescription pain pills.

“Substantially larger quantities of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine were interdicted in 2021 than prior years, proof of our task forces’ vigilance to stay ahead of drug traffickers,” Yost said in the release. “I look forward to OOCIC’s continued success in 2022.”

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