Today’s heroin isn’t what it used to be. It’s now mixed with fentanyl, carfentanil and other poisonous toxins. This serves to reduce costs and increase profits for drug dealing operations while increasing risks of a heroin overdose. Recently, 21 individuals were arrested on drug charges in Jasper due to a rash of frequent heroin overdoses in Walker County.
According to Jasper police Chief J.C. Poe, officers performed an operation to arrest more than 30 individuals with felony drug warrants on Monday. These warrants came from several months of undercover work. 21 out of the 30 individuals were taken into custody. According to Poe, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency assisted in the arrests.
On Friday, December 9th, 18 heroin overdoses were reported across the county. According to Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair and Jasper police Lt. David Mize, only one death was reported. However, law enforcement and first responders came to assist in 22 heroin related overdoses in only a 3 day period. While the warrant roundup was already in progress, this new reality caused authorities to move up the time frame of the arrests.
According to Lt. Mize, most of the arrests on Monday were related to heroin and methamphetamine (commonly referred to as “meth”) charges. One of the arrests led to the seizure of both heroin and meth which were already packaged and ready for individual sale.
Lt. Mize said that moving up the time frame for the arrests was critical to prevent even more heroin overdoses and death. “This is something we could do to make a dent and slow things down,” said Mize. “We haven’t seen as many as what we were seeing. We’re hoping we’ll see a bigger drop.”
An investigation continues as many frequent heroin overdoses are believed to be linked to the same drug dealer.
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