Heroin Seizure On The Rise In Hardin County

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A task force in Hardin County is cracking down on drugs and says its drug enforcement program is working.

Kenton Police Detective Brian Beach and Hardin County Sheriff's Detective Michael Conley are part of the Hardin county task force, cracking down on drugs.

Hardin County statistics show, on average 700 to 900 doses of heroin are seized each year in the county, but in just the first three months of this year, they say more than 500 doses have been taken off the streets.

“I'm confident, if it wasn't for the task force, drug seizures, the drug seizures would be a fraction of what they are,” said Kenton Chief John Vermillion.

Last week, detectives arrested two people from three drug busts, which netted nearly 300 units of heroin and thousands of dollars in cash.

“The first one on Monday, once the individual realized it was undercover officers who were pulling up to try to stop him, which we find happening more and more often, is they swallow all the drugs,” said Vermillion.

Then on Wednesday, detectives say they pulled over another man who they say threw 130 bags of heroin balloons out the window and into a ditch, where detectives say they had to dig for evidence.

Pills, pouches of heroin, and paraphernalia are pulled off the streets.

“I would say, about 75 percent of the people in jail, it's drug related,” said Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart.

“It's no longer a drug problem, it's an epidemic,” said Vermillion. “The numbers are high. They keep climbing, but we have to realize, that's just what we get.”

That’s why local law enforcement say they fear as soon as they get it off the streets, more is on the way.

The Hardin County sheriff says he's now working to join forces with other nearby counties to strengthen the task force.

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