NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – A police operation to keep drugs out of Newton Falls is having some success.
Operation “Don’t Bring Your Drugs to Newton Falls” has resulted in 63 drug cases between Jan. 1 and May 31.
Officers have seized the following drugs:
- 5.56 ounces of methamphetamine
- 10.5 grams of fentanyl
- 5 grams of crack cocaine
- 66 prescribed pills
- 4.43 ounces of marijuana
- 5 items of THC/wax
- 101 items of drug paraphernalia
- 2 firearms
According to Police Chief Gene Fixler, there has also been a reduction of drug overdoses in the city.
“Essentially, we want to make Newton Falls a place to enjoy where you live, to enjoy where you visit, enjoy where you work, and I mean we are never going to totally eradicate drugs,” Fixler said.
The initiative involved confidential informants, drug-sniffing dogs, specialty-trained interdiction officers, traffic enforcement, neighborhood crime tips, unmarked police cars and electronic surveillance.
Most cases have been filed through Newton Falls Municipal Court. Some are pending crime lab results.
Fixler says the department plans on continuing this operation indefinitely.