Criminals, drugs, perfume taken off the streets in Sandusky, Seneca county blitz

<span id="fbPhotoSnowliftCaption" class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption" tabindex="0" aria-live="polite"> <span class="hasCaption">Troopers seize suspected counterfeit perfume, worth nearly $68,000</span> </span>

A criminal blitz in Sandusky and Seneca counties helped take felons and drugs off the streets last week.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the successful enforcement was held June 12-13 and successfully netted 884 traffic stops and 243 arrests, including impaired driving and felony arrests.

Officers seized $1,800 in US currency, 30 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of Hash, 1 gram of cocaine, 3 grams of powder ecstasy, and one vehicle.

Nearly $70,000 worth of counterfeit perfume was also seized. Troopers stopped a Ford Econoline van with New York plates for marked lane violations along the Ohio Turnpike. Inside, they discovered the counterfeit perfume in the cargo area of the van. The suspect, Idees Mushtaq, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail and charged with criminal simulation and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degreed felonies.

The traffic and criminal activity blitz was conducted in an ongoing effort to combat the rising drug abuse problem in both Sandusky and Seneca counties.

"Successful milti-agency enforcement efforts, like the one in Sandusky and Seneca County, illustrate the collective power of removing drugs and wanted felons from our communities," said OSHP Superintendent Colonel Paul Pride.

According to the Ohio Drug Abuse Task Force's 2010 report, drug overdoses have topped car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio since 2007.