Today, the Mount Vernon Police Department, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Officers K9 units conducted a drug interdiction operation dubbed “Operation Allied Force” in the city limits of Mount Vernon. The goal of the operation was to help catch subjects transporting illegal narcotics in the city of Mount Vernon. The operation was extremely successful according to the operational commander Detective Craig Feeney. Feeney said “We targeted areas in the city that we have received multiple complaints as being high drug traffic areas”.
To assist officers, the Mount Vernon Police Emergency Services Unit was utilized along with State Highway Patrol officers. A combination of unmarked and marked patrol vehicles were used to locate subjects possibly involved in illegal activity. Officers confiscated a large amount of contraband including marijuana, Adderall, Vicodin, Percocet, Antidepressants and several items of drug paraphernalia. Officers also issued three citations for driving on a suspended license.
Also, the operation netted three subjects wanted on outstanding arrest warrants and in the case of one of the warrants, officers were forced to pursue a subject in a foot chase through the north end of the city before apprehending him on Lamartine Street.
Detective Corporal Matt Dailey commented “All of the officers involved in the operation conducted their job with the utmost professionalism which is why things went so well”. All officers used in this operation had additional training in drug interdiction Dailey added. The Mount Vernon Police Department is a member of the Metrich Task Force.