49 Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Arrests Made in Five-Day Patrol of Wheeling Area
During a press conference on Tuesday, local authorities reported that after a five-day saturated patrol in Wheeling, the "MHIT North" team made 49 felony drug and misdemeanor arrests, and 82 citations.
MHIT, otherwise known as the Mountaineer Highway Interdiction Team, reported that several substances were recovered as well, including prescription painkillers and marijuana, along with around $1,000 in cash, which was returned to crime victims.
Multiple search warrants were also served. The MHIT team said the "blitz" or saturation patrol, occurred between May 19 and May 23, with increased patrols on highways and secondary roads throughout the area. Neighborhoods in Ohio County received extra attention during the patrol, as did parcels and packages that were being shipped to and from West Virginia.
Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said, "The MHIT team paid extra attention to certain areas of the city last week based upon what we've been hearing from members of the community. I look forward to to organizing enhanced patrols like this one again in the future so that we can continue to identify hot spots and keep Wheeling safe."
During Tuesday's press conference, it was also revealed that resources now available to the team on a regular basis include four officers- two of which are K-9 handlers - along with regular support from the DEA.
The MHIT team said they were pleased with the patrol, but are already focusing on preventing crime in the future.