'Shield Parade' operation nets 55 Marion arrests

Local law enforcement agencies collaborated this past weekend to crack down on traffic violations and criminal activity.

The Ohio Highway Patrol conducted a two-day "Shield Detail" in Marion County in coordination with the Marion City Police Department, METRICH/MARMET Drug Task Force, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday and Saturday, according to a OSHP press release.

The initiative promoted traffic safety, targeted illegal narcotics violations, weapons violations and general criminal activity.

The highway patrol and police received funding from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

The two-day detail yielded 55 arrests: 11 felony arrests for drug possession, weapons violations and food stamp fraud; 17 misdemeanor arrests for drug possession; 15 arrests for driving under suspension; and 12 arrests for impaired driving.

There were also 355 traffic stops initiated, which resulted in 155 traffic citations. The highway patrol and police department were teamed to combat the growing
drug problem in Marion through saturation tactical squad patrols that focused on areas determined to have a high crime rate related to narcotics and other criminal activity, stated Lt. Lance Shearer, commander of the Marion Post.

Originally published in the Marion Star on July 3, 2012.

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