OHP says they're making an increased amount of drug arrests along I-35

By: Lauren Smith
By: Lauren Smith

ARDMORE, OK -- An Oklahoma City man, arrested on I-35 in Murray County for trafficking heroin--And OHP says this is just the latest arrest for a serious crime along the interstate.

23 year old Jared Jahnel of Oklahoma City was stopped for speeding last week in Murray County off of I-35.
During the stop troopers say they noticed signs of criminal activity in the vehicle.

"The trooper actually had a police service dog in close proximity. He did a drug screen of the vehicle and indicated the presence of narcotics," said OHP Troop F Captain, Ronnie Hampton.

Hes says Jahnel was found with 14 grams of Heroin.
He was taken by troopers to the Murray County jail.

Hampton said, "We're seeing a lot of criminal activity on I-35 and I think that's because of the proximity between Dallas and Oklahoma City."

Hampton says while drug trafficking along the interstate is nothing new, criminal related stops are on the rise across the area Troop F patrols, which includes Garvin, Murray, Carter, Love, Johnston, Ponotoc, and Marshall counties.

That means troopers are being even more vigilant, looking for red flags.

Hampton said, "The way we try to contribute to, you know, I guess you would say, making Oklahoma safer, is by just getting our troopers trained to look beyond traffic stops."

Hampton says it's a joint effort with other law enforcement agencies that make arrests like these successful.

"Be aware of the criminal activity that's going on, just keeping them informed of what law enforcement is seeing all over the county, and then, you know, applying it to their every day life when they're out here on the road," said Hampton.

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