Heroin Busts on the Rise In Broome County

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 18, 2009 at 7:14 PM EDT

Heroin use is a growing and deadly problem in Broome County.

There have been several recent busts in the area.

And as Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us, police are continuing to work to arrest dealers and get the drug off the streets.

This heroin was recovered in a drug bust carried out by Endicott Police.

Detective Steven Noyes says heroin use in the Village has been on the rise since late summer.

"Why right now? I'm not sure other than that there's more people involved in it, so it's more prevalent." said Noyes.

Detective Noyes says it could be related to a plentiful supply, making heroin easy to get.

Endicott Police report 3 arrests for the sale of heroin since October.

That's more arrests than the Village has seen all year.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder is surprised by the number of heroin addicts deputies and detectives have encountered.

He says it's a drug known to come and go in the county through the years.

"It's not like cocaine. Cocaine's all over and heroin's just a certain amount of people have it and distribute it." said Harder.

Broome County and Binghamton Police have a joint special task force to fight heroin-related crime.

Undercover detectives are on the streets searching out dealers.

Endicott Police say the drug users are related to a recent string of crime.

"We've seen a significant spike in larcenies and burglaries related to supporting their heroin habits." said Noyes.

While Noyes agrees heroin cycles through the county and village...

It's a drug that will stay in the area in the coming months.

Noyes says there have been 3 heroin over-dose deaths in Broome County just in the last 2 weeks.

He also says a high number of needles are being turned into the police department.

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