Meth seizures shoot up 87% across Ohio, state troopers say

Meth seizures shoot up 87% across Ohio, state troopers say
Updated: Feb. 4, 2021 at 11:20 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Once overshadowed by the opioid epidemic and heroin, methamphetamine continues to make a comeback across the nation and Ohio.

Troopers seized 225 pounds of methamphetamine last year, an increase of 87% from 2019, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a tweet Thursday.

Already this year, state troopers are taking more meth off Ohio’s roads and rest stops.

Just last week, state troopers who saw a 2019 Chevrolet Malibu parked in a prohibited area at a central Ohio rest stop wound up seizing $140,000 in methamphetamine from two California men, OSP said in a news release.

In southwest Ohio, the numbers are worse than the state average, according to the commander at the Highway Patrol Post in Lebanon.

“Eight-nine pounds, southwest Ohio which would be the Cincinnati area and the surrounding counties,” says OHP Lt. Charles O’Bryon. “Eighty-nine pounds which is an increase of 400-plus percent.”

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