CPD's Operation Buckeye yields arrests

Michael McGrath, Chief of the Cleveland Division of Police, Bob Reed, Cuyahoga County Sheriff, Pat Fiorilli, Commander of the West Shore Enforcement Bureau, Steve Rosta, Lieutenant in charge of the Ohio State Patrol Special Response Team, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cleveland Division, announced that members of the Cleveland Division of Police, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Westshore Enforcement Bureau, and FBI conducted an initiative on Thursday, August 25, 2011, as part of "Operation Buckeye" during which felony drug search warrants were executed throughout the City of Cleveland.

As a result of "Operation Buckeye", there were nine felony arrest, two felony warrants served and ten county search warrants executed. Additionally, Gerald Thomas of Cleveland a black male 44 years of age, wanted on a drug trafficking warrant faces new narcotics charges after he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and fifty three thousand dollars cash when he was apprehended.

"Operation Buckeye" is an on-going cooperative initiative focusing on City of Cleveland neighborhoods and the fugitives who take refuge there. Additional initiatives are planned throughout the remainder of the summer and through the fall.