Troopers Cracking Down on Interstate Drug Transport

RIO GRANDE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A routine commercial vehicle stop on U.S. 35 in Gallia County on Monday turned into a search for drugs.

Ohio Highway Patrol Officers were taxed by having to search for the illegal substance in 48,000 pounds of sugar.

Lt. Karla Taulbee explained the drug dog "indicated" two times on the truck -- meaning it found the scent of drugs in two different locations, but they were not able to locate anything Monday.

The truck, however, was placed out of service for faulty brakes.

"He stopped the truck here to do a regular inspection on the truck and, as he is looking into it he is realizing some things aren't adding up as far as the log book," Taulbee said. "The truck driver says he's in one state as he's in another getting loaded, and other indicators came up as far as identification where the truck is coming from, what is loaded with."

In West Virginia, the total number of inspections from July 1, 2012, through June 30th, 2012, was 27,741.

Some 1,465 drivers have been cited for going over their allotted hours of service.
Ten have been charged with a drug or alcohol violation.

According to West Virginia Public Service Commission Spokesperson Susan Small, in 2012, for the second consecutive year, the West Virginia Public Service Commissions Safety Enforcement Program was recognized as the Highest Achieving Safety Enforcement Program in the Country among States receiving less than $2 million of annual funding. No other state had received that honor two years in a row.

In Kentucky there were 94,451 inspections.

Of those 12,505 vehicles were placed out of service for various violations.

Some 4,176 drivers were also placed out of service.

According to Charles Tinsley, a spokesperson with the Kentucky State Police, 185 of those drivers were placed out of service for drugs and alcohol.

Twenty-four of the violations were for fatigue.

Similar numbers for Ohio were not immediately available.

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