CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH)–A community reeling from drug-related crimes is seeing stepped up law enforcement.
Ross County’s missing and dead women have common threads: drugs and illegal activity. To combat both of those, the Chillicothe police, Ross County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol are partnering to take a bite out of crime.
This law enforcement sweep has specific goals.
“Just do some interdiction on the streets to help alleviate some of that problem, help get some offenders, whether that is drug dealers, drug traffickers or drug users and get them in jail,” said Chillicothe Detective Bud Lytle.
One of the tools police officers said they have in combating the rising drug problem can start with a minor traffic violation.
While Chillicothe police officer Chris McGowan was patrolling in a marker cruiser with his windows cracked, he spotted a suspicious vehicle.
“Hey, when I drove by there on Washington, the car reeked of weed,” he said. He was one of a half-dozen Chillicothe officers patrolling the city.
He called in undercover units who made a traffic stop for no valid driver’s license then the violations escalated.
“I know you were in the passenger’s seat, it was up underneath the passenger’s seat then you guys switched,” McGowan said to the vehicle’s occupants. “Alright, is it your weed or her weed?”
“It is mine!” the passenger told him.
“Is that the truth?”
“It’s mine!” the passenger told McGowan.
We are not identifying the two people stopped in the vehicle.
The passenger was charged for the marijuana recovered. The female driver was charged for a driver’s license violation.
“Got you ID and registration and insurance card on you?” he asked the driver.
“I don’t…I really don’t have a driver’s license,” the driver told him.
She was cited for driving without a valid license. Her husband was nearby and was able to drive the car, otherwise McGowan said it would have to be towed.