DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - "Drugs are a problem," explains Trooper Chris Ellison.
That's why the Ohio State Highway Patrol is cracking down.
"Troopers have been temporarily assigned to work with the drug interdiction team and the K9 officers. Then, also there's been the addition of a four trooper group that goes and focuses on working high crime and drug areas to combat the drug problem, primarily within the city limits," says Trooper Ellison.
So far this year, there have been 39 felony drug cases in Montgomery County alone, according to OSP.
Troopers say that number continues to increase every year.
That's why they're focusing more on criminal arrests.
"Anytime they're are drugs in the neighborhood, they have the ability to take over and anywhere there is drugs, there's additional crime. Thefts go up, burglaries go up. prostitution goes up," comments Trooper Ellison.
OSP is working with the Dayton Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
And you can also help them fight the war on drugs.
"Just be diligent and keep your eye out for things that you think aren't normal. If you think drug activity is present in your neighborhood, or think that. when you're out in your daily occurrences, that you are seeing drug activity, report it," explains Trooper Ellison.
To report drug activity, dial #677 on your cell phone.
Logan, Darke, Preble, Greene and Wayne County, Indiana are under level one snow emergencies. Butler County is under a level two snow emergency.
Snowfall reports vary across the Miami Valley as the storm continues to produce heavy snow, making it hard for drivers to see in some cases.
People's daily routines were definitely impacted by the wintry blast Friday.
The first wave of the storm brought hazardous conditions to the Greenville area in Darke County.