COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) seized over $42 million in illegal drugs in 2021.

According to the OOCIC, there were $29 million in confiscations in 2020. The increase in seizure amounts is attributed to the addition of an OOCIC task force, the expansion of other OOCIC task forces, increased levels of drug trafficking in Ohio and the culmination of long-term investigations.

On Dec. 22, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Gov. Mike DeWine and Homeland Securities Special Agent-in-Charge Vance Callender announced the following data on confiscations in 2021 versus 2020:

Heroin15 pounds8 pounds
Fentanyl187 pounds87 pounds
Methamphtamine472 pounds168 pounds
Cocaine297 pounds135 pounds
Marijuana2,478 pounds3,117 pounds
Ohio Attorney General’s Office

In the Miami Valley, task forces identified an individual suspected of trafficking narcotics throughout Montgomery County in Nov. In Dec., task forces arrested a man from Mexico on charges of trafficking narcotics. These investigations led to the seizure of 10 kilograms of fentanyl, 12 kilograms of cocaine, 1 kilogram of heroin, 336 grams of methamphetamine, 5 pounds of marijuana and about $150,000.

“The law enforcement officers of our major drug interdiction task forces are guardians on the wall, protecting Ohioans from overdoses and death by seizing narcotics before they are distributed into our communities,” said Yost. “Substantially larger quantities of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine were interdicted in 2021 than prior years, proof of our task forces’ vigilance to stay ahead of drug traffickers. I look forward to OOCIC’s continued success in 2022.”