Narcotics task forces seized over $64 million worth of drugs in 2022

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Law enforcement task forces organized by the Ohio Organized Crime Commission (OOCIC) seized more than $64 million in illegal drugs in 2022 alone, taking a bite out of Ohio’s human trafficking and inevitably saving lives.

“Each ounce of fentanyl seized from the street can prevent an overdose, just like every illegally seized weapon can save a life,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who heads the commission. “The work of our task forces is often hidden, but the results do not go unnoticed.”

In addition to drugs, the task forces also seized 437 firearms and $7.7 million in cash in 2022.

As of 2022, the task force’s total seizures during Yost’s first term were $239.9 million in narcotics, 1,374 firearms, and $56 million in foreign currency.

Here is a yearly breakdown of confiscated drugs:

Schedule 2022

Under OOCIC’s leadership, task forces are formed as a collaborative effort and often include local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. In particular, major narcotics task forces operate across the state, with a focus on seizing illegal drugs, weapons, and cash before they affect Ohio communities.

There are several major drug task forces funded through RecoveryOhio in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Criminal Justice Service.

Here is a selection of seizures in 2022:

Big Drugs Task Force Central Ohio
In March, detectives assigned to the task force seized a package containing several criminal signs. Further investigative work established that the sender and recipient of the parcel. When opening the parcel during the search, the investigators found four kilograms of cocaine.


In May, investigators seized a package containing 1,000 grams of fentanyl. The investigation eventually led investigators to a residence on the west side of Columbus, where another 7,750 grams of fentanyl was seized.


The task force includes the Columbus Police Department, AG Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Gahanna Police, Internal Revenue Service, National Security Investigation, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Patrol, U.S. Postal Inspector, HIDTA Ohio, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Administration.

Licking, Guernsey and Muskingum County Narcotics Task Force
In July, agents of the task force received a tip from the US Drug Enforcement Administration regarding a suspicious package at the post office. With the help of K-9, about 4 pounds of methamphetamine was extracted. The package arrived from southern California with a destination in Zanesville.

Also known as the Central Ohio Narcotics Task Force (CODE), the task force includes sheriff’s offices in Licking, Muskingum, Guernsey, Knox, Perry, and Coshocton counties; Ohio State Highway Patrol; US Postal Inspector; national security investigations; and Licking County Attorney’s Office

Main Narcotics Task Force of Medina and Summit Districts
In April, the task force, which operates as the Ohio Northeast Anti-Smuggling Team (ONSET), became aware of a suspected drug dealer who was staying at a local hotel. The suspect parked the car outside the Target mall and entered the store, but never returned to the truck. START continued watching the truck. The task force executed the vehicle search warrant and seized $1,054,130 in cash. The vehicle was towed by a local company and confiscated. The suspect sought out the vehicle but denied knowledge of the money and refused the cash.


In August, ONSET located two suspected drug dealers in Summit County who were driving an SUV with Texas license plates. Task force officers determined that the driver was a Michigan resident and purchased the vehicle with cash. The suspects were seen heading to an apartment building in Akron, where a third suspect appeared and left with a large bag. The third suspect’s car was stopped and 9 pounds of marijuana, two pistols and $9,400 were seized. A search warrant was obtained for an Akron resident. The original two suspects, as well as two other men, were arrested. A total of $21,300, 60 pounds of marijuana, 49 suspected fentanyl tablets, 12 bottles of promethazine and 3 handguns were seized.

Task Force includes Medina and Summit Counties Sheriff’s Offices, Copley Township Police Department, National Security Investigation Service, Narcotics Enforcement Agency, Medina County Narcotics Task Force, State Highway Patrol, Summit County Narcotics Task Force , Summit County. District Attorney’s Office and Medina District Attorney’s Office.

Lucas and Wood Counties Major Narcotics Task Force
The task force, also known as the Northwest Ohio Massive Foreign Exchange Task Force, assisted the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office in an investigation involving a man who died in June. First responders found evidence of drug trafficking and notified the task force. Officers executed a search warrant and found 40 pounds of marijuana, drug dealing ledgers, and $166,597.


Task Force includes Toledo Police Department, Sheriff’s Offices in Lucas and Wood Counties, Homeland Security, FBI, Toledo Narcotics Task Force, State Highway Patrol, Perrysburg Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, Lucas County Attorney’s Office, and Wood County Attorney’s Office .

Additional confiscations and arrests were carried out by the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, the Belmont County Large Drugs Task Force, and the Hamilton County Narcotics Task Force.

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