Law enforcement authorities continued their battle against illegal drugs in 2013 with a large operation that began Nov. 14. This is the No. 4 local news story of the year.
Officers of the Sidney-Shelby County Narcotics Task Force on Nov. 14 began rounding up 49 people who had been indicted on 160 drug-related charges. Assisting in the arrests were law enforcement officers from the Sidney Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Adult Probation Authority, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Sidney Police Chief Will Balling said about 80 percent of the charges dealt with heroin. Balling said the operation was an example of the Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office working together to hit the drug problem “pretty hard.”
At approximately 3 p.m. on Nov. 14, officers and agents met at the Sidney Police Department for an operational meeting. Immediately after its conclusion, officers left with their arrest assignments to various locations in Sidney and Shelby County. As of 6 p.m., the main portion of the operation was completed, yielding the arrest of 23 of the 49 individuals indicted by the grand jury. Arrests continued the following day.
The warrant execution was a combined effort by the Sidney-Shelby County Narcotics Task Force to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking in Shelby County. Information resulting in these warrants was derived in part from concerned citizens. All citizens of Shelby County are asked that if they have any information about drug activity to contact the Sidney-Shelby County Narcotics Task Force at 498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 498-8477 (TIPS).