May 14, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Summit Daily News "Heroin ODs spike in Summit County this year"

Caddie Nath:
"Local law enforcement is working to locate the source of what might be a more potent batch of heroin, but the investigation is more difficult without the help of the now-defunct Summit County Drug Task Force.

“We don't have the intelligence gathering that we used to have,” Minor said. “With the drug task force we had a pulse on the drug community and what was going on. We're just purely reactionary now.”

The task force was dissolved in 2010, when the state Justice Assistance Grants program, one of the organization's major funding sources, cut it off to refocus the money on rehabilitation and prevention efforts.

Local governments also contributed to the task force, which once staffed two full-time agents and a part-time administrative employee, but couldn't afford to keep the organization running after the state money was lost.

Law-enforcement officials said without the task force, they are relying on the public to help them track down the source of the heroin.

“As in any drug issue, someone knows something about the person who's bringing this stuff into our community,” Minor said. “We have plenty of resources up here to help people, but we want the person who's (distributing) it to be held accountable....” (Read more?  Click title)

"Unapologetic pursuit and tracking of patterns within the news others make since 2010."

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