Multiple Arrests and Drug Seizures in SHIELD Blitz

Many actions resulted from a three-day Multi-Agency Police Saturation enforcement blitz in Ross County, August 31st through September 2nd. 

The Highway Patrol says the operation was a conglomeration of police from the Chillicothe Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Circleville Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Ohio Investigative Unit, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The blitz produced 527 traffic stops, 25 felons arrested, 62 drug cases were initiated, 8 OVIs and 31 suspended drivers were removed from the roadways, three stolen guns were recovered, three minors were charged with consuming alcohol, one arrest was made for furnishing alcohol to a minor, 61 warrants were served, and three search warrants were executed at suspect drug dealer’s houses.

In addition to these arrests, 10 grams of heroin, 80.5 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of crack, 90 grams of marijuana, and 125 illegal prescription pills was confiscated.

The three search warrants were executed at 613 Glencroft Avenue, 176 South Walnut Street, and 133 North High Street Apartment 4.  Several arrest were made from the locations for a variety of charges.

A prostitution detail was also conducted during this time. A total of seven arrests, of which there were four males and three females arrested, for Loitering to Engage and Soliciting.

The Highway Patrol says a main focus of the detail was to reduce the number of heroin overdose deaths throughout the city of Chillicothe and reduce the number of OVI related traffic crashes throughout the county.

“The joint effort between agencies allows for better communication and sharing of intelligence which leads to improved tactics for counteracting the crime behaviors in the city and county,” said Lieutenant Karla Taulbee, Commander of the Jackson District Criminal Patrol.

Chief Keith Washburn, Lt. Karla Taulbee, and Lt. Tim Karwatske thank the community for their continued support, and for continuing to provide information to assist in the investigation of all crimes throughout Chillicothe. They report they are will continued to collaborate with outside agencies to reduce the crime in Ross County and Chillicothe to make it a safer community.

Residents can report any drug tips by calling the Chillicothe Police Special Investigations unit at (740) 772-6137 or  All information is important, and callers can remain anonymous.


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