On 01-19-22, After an investigation into information involving drug trafficking and possession, Deputies with the Athens County Sheriff's along with Detectives of the South Central Ohio Major Crimes Unit conducted a traffic stop on Washington Road, Albany. Upon making contact with the driver, suspected Methamphetamine was observed inside the vehicle. The driver was then detained. A detailed search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of several bags containing suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and materials used in narcotics trafficking. The driver, Lisa A Creech, age 61 of Albany was then placed under arrest for F2 possession and F2 trafficking of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine) and transported to SEORJ. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Athens County Prosecutors Office for their assistance in this case.

This type of successful outcome which directly impacts the quality of life in our community, is a direct result of a collaborative effort between the South Central Ohio Major Crimes Unit, its Law Enforcement partners, and the community.   If you see suspicious activity or believe drugs are being used or sold in your neighborhood, please contact the Major Crimes Unit at
740-653-5224 ext. 3, your information can be anonymous. 
press January 19, 2022
Another great job by the Athens office of the South Central Ohio Major Crimes Unit.
This type of successful outcome is the direct result of the collaboration between the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, Athens Police Department, and the Ohio University Police Department as part of the Major Crimes Unit.

- Previous Investigations
Ohio Task Force of The Year Award

On Wednesday September 15, 2021, the Fairfield-Athens-Pickaway Major Crimes was selected as the Ohio Drug Task Force of the year by the Ohio Narcotics Association of Regional Coordinating Officers ( Ohio NARCO).

The task force was recognized for their exceptional collaboration, and drug enforcement efforts which included investigations at both the state and federal level. 

Just one of those investigations resulted in the seizure of more than five pounds of Fentanyl, fifteen pounds of heroin, fifty pounds of methamphetamine, twenty-eight firearms and the recovery of more than $1,000,000 in stolen vehicles. The Major Crimes Unit was also noted for their innovation and fidelity to community outreach through Project FORT providing expedited access to treatment and recovery services to those with substance use disorders outside of the criminal justice system.

Major Crimes Unit Commander Dennis Lowe said that “The entire team is incredibly humbled and honored to be selected as the Ohio Task Force of the Year.” 

“The men and women of the Major Crimes Unit are dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to address issues impacting the community involving drug trafficking and substance use.”  Commander Lowe went on to say that” This award and the work that led up to it would not be possible without the incredible level of collaboration, trust and support of the agencies who participate in the task force.”


The Major Crimes Unit is a collaborative effort between area law enforcement agencies. It's goal is to reduce drug offenses and street level crime and to provide expedited access to treatment and recovery options outside of the criminal justice system.

Circleville Seizure

In June of 2021 MCU in collaboration with the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Circleville Police Department seized more than 45 grams of Fentanyl, 39 grams of Methamphetamine, approximately 20 Xanax, and the arrest of two Circleville residents on drug charges.
Operation Ice Market
Operation Ice Market

Part of a 3lb seizure of methamphetamine seized during Operation Ice Market. It was a collaborative investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization operating out of Columbus and supplying Fairfield County with methamphetamine.
National Drug Take Back
National Drug Take Back

The Major Crimes Unit & Project FORT in collaboration with Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Program and our partners at Kroger collected more than 40lbs of prescription medication preventing it from being diverted into the community. 

Our next National Drug Take back events will be held on October 23, 2021, at the Memorial Dr. Kroger in Lancaster, Hill Rd Kroger in Pickerington, and the Chieftan Dr. Kroger in Logan from 10:00 -2:00
MCU Interdiction
MCU Interdiction

An MCU Interdiction officer and his K9 partner working with a Pickerington PD officer as part of a drug interdiction operation in 201