On Monday, leaders from the Mountaineer Highway Interdiction Team (MHIT) announced they executed a successful blitz saturation patrol in Marshall County. It was executed on November 13 and 14, and was a law enforcement initiative to combat drug trafficking.
Officers from the West Virginia State Police, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Glen Dale Police Department, and the Moundsville Police Department expanded their MHIT operations within the county. Their goal is to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the county, and through the state of West Virginia.
MHIT generally targets highways and state routes, but also concentrates near airports, bus terminals, hotels, motels and parcel and package interdiction.
Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil said he is proud of the “collaborative and well-orchestrated law enforcement effort to strategically address drug abuse in Marshall County.” Cecil continued, “by dedicating additional resources to patrolling public highways, we enhance our ability to quickly recognize and respond to drug trafficking activites as they unfold.”
During the operation, on November 13, officers were able to execute warrants that resulted in 13 felony arrests and 14 misdemeanor arrests for charges ranging from drug trafficking and larceny to battery and fraud. A fugitive from justice was also apprehended, and $1,000 and 1.5 pounds of marijuana were seized.
During the highway interdiction effort on November 14, four people were arrested on misdemeanor drug charges. Police also seized prescription pills.
West Virginia State Police Captain James Merrill said, “by increasing the presence of law enforcement officers along heavily traveled roadways, we can aggressively and efficiently target drug trafficking operations. Highway interdiction increases the pressure on drug dealers to move their operations elsewhere, ultimately making our communities stronger and safer.”