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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2002

Ohio State High Patrol And The DEA Seize 10 Pounds Of High Purity Cocaine During "Operation Weigh In"

Toledo, Ohio- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Toledo Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the seizure of approximately 10 pounds of high purity cocaine and the arrest of Gustavo Ocampo, 33 yoa, of Chicago, Illinois. Following a routine traffic stop, Ocampo was arrested on December 19, 2002 while travelling on I-80 in Lucas County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper astutely realized that Ocampo's explanation of his actions did not seem plausible and that the spare tire in the vehicle trunk did not belong to Ocampo's vehicle. The cocaine was later seized from the spare tire and supposed to be destined to the Cleveland, Ohio area.

This seizure was part of a joint narcotics interdiction program, named "Operation Weigh In", conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, DEA, US Customs Service and the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. This effort is designed to target commercial and passenger traffic responsible for transporting large quantities of drugs to and through Ohio. "Operation Weigh In" has been extremely effective because of the significant commitment by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and their talented Troopers. The program identifies Troopers with particular investigative abilities and DEA assists with training the personnel on the latest trends and investigative methods for intercepting narcotics.

"The continued success of programs like "Operation Weigh In" is the talented law enforcement professionals of the state and local police agencies such as the Ohio State Highway Patrol that DEA is proud and fortunate to work with throughout the nation. These partnerships maximize the impact that citizens get from combing resources and investigative talent, said Michael A. Braun, Special Agent in Charge for the DEA Detroit Field Division, which includes Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky.

" Our cooperative relationships and Task Force program in Toledo have been greatly beneficial to the citizens of Northwest Ohio and we are very pleased with the results thus far of "Operation Weigh In"", said Vernon Dunn, Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA Toledo Office.

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