DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck supports the Narcotics Intelligence Center, proposed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine during his first State of the State address today in Columbus.
The center would collect and share data to agencies across the state while also increasing the number of drug task forces.
Streck has had meetings with the Governor and the center has been a topic of discussion.
“He wants everyone in the state to know what’s going on elsewhere,” Strek said. “So if there’s blue fentanyl pressed into oxycontin pills, it’s out there for other agencies in law enforcement and drug task forces to know.”
Montgomery County has two drug task forces – The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force and the Montgomery County Range Task Force.
Streck said he believed DeWine’s push for more drug task forces would be in mostly rural areas. The center would operate out of the Office of Public Safety in Columbus.
DeWine said in his speech the center will use information to help local law enforcement and use analytics to take on the opiate trade.
“We are also going to work with Attorney General Yost as we double down on the drug cartels,” DeWine said.
Two Mexican drug cartels are in Montgomery County – the Sinaloa and Michoacan. According to Streck, the Sinaloa Cartel – founded by imprisoned drug lord Joaquim ‘El Chapo’ Guzman – is by far the most active.
“The cartels are running everything when it comes to narcotics,” Streck said. “They got their power back with heroin after cocaine left. They are working the county hard with everything from cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and even methamphetamine.
“They are making all of the methamphetamine, as opposed to 10 years ago when it was two guys in their garage.”
DeWine gave no time table on when the center would open.