A two day effort in Allen County by multiple law enforcement agencies called "Operation Shield" wraps up and it probably saved lives according to one law enforcement official.
The Allen County Sheriff's Office, officers from Lima, Delphos, Shawnee Township and Elida, along with the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the State Highway Patrol conducted the operation on May 7th and 10th. The focus was reducing fatal traffic crashes and apprehending persons involved in criminal activity. Also involved was the FBI and their human trafficking task force. They discovered a juvenile female in Lima, at an unannounced location, who was being held against her will and will now be returned home to her family.
During the two days of the operation, 800 traffic stops were made in Allen County. 8 OVI arrests, and 77 people were cited for not wearing their seat belt. Captain Gary Allen of the Ohio Highway Patrol's Findlay District, which Lima-Allen County is a part of, says this operation probably saved lives.
There were both felony and misdemeanor arrests. Drugs and drug money was confiscated, including cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy. A handgun and counterfeit money, all rounded up in the two day operation.