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LIMA — The community’s top law enforcement officers say inter-department cooperation is a more effective way to combat drug crime.

Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin and Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish made a dual presentation Monday to City Council about the activities during the past year of the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. The task force includes members from their departments and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, Delphos Police and Shawnee Township Police.

The task force investigated 631 drug cases, 64 percent of which were in Lima. The task force also served 86 search warrants, also nearly two-thirds in the city. Task force members seized 56 illegal firearms and $65,000, Martin said, plus heroin, cocaine, marijuana, prescription medication, K-2 and bath salts.

Task force members worked with the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, the U.S. Marshall Service and Allen County Children Services, Martin said.

He said the departments announce the information annually to encourage greater appreciation for the work done by task force officers.

“Even more importantly, though, it is hoped that sharing this information will encourage everyone within our community to come forward with information relating to criminal activity occurring in their neighborhoods,” Martin said.

Crish said the departments work well together because they have the same goal: Make the community safer.

“Truly working together is a positive thing,” Crish said. “The cooperation and working together has gotten better as time goes on.”

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