Broome County SIU fights heroin

By Brandi Bailey

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 6:23 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Broome County like other areas in Upstate New York is suffering from a rise in heroin use. That's caused the county's special investigation unit to hit the streets hard to investigate. They've found it's linked to other crimes.

The units 4-day initiative was intended to cut down the numbers of heroin sales and overdoses in Broome County.

Official point out that many property crimes like burglaries and thefts were also linked to the substance abuse.

"As a result 16 people were arrested with a total of 35 charges. We had 8 warrants arrest, 7 search warrants. We seized almost 100 baggies of heroin and over $11,000 in drug proceed money," said SIU Sgt. Michael Senio.

"What we wanted to do was is we wanted to take a few days and target individuals that are purchasing the heroin on the user side. We're starting to find that a lot of those people are the one going out and committing out burglaries and larcenies to support their habits," said Binghamton Police Detectives Capt. Jack Collins.

Binghamton Police say the initiative was as much about getting the drugs and users off the streets as it is about getting overdose victims the help they need.

The special investigations unit calls the initiative a success and plans to continue their work.