Heroin Sales Rising In Northwest Ohio

By John W. Davis

November 4, 2010 Updated Nov 4, 2010 at 11:12 PM EDT

CELINA, OH (Indiana's NewsCenter) - "I never thought we would see it come back like this. I think heroin has always been around but it hasn't been the drug of choice and it just seems like in the last year, two years, at least in this area, heroin is becoming the drug of choice," said Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey.

Police said the rise of heroin sales and abuse has been on their radars since late 2009.

In 2010, four people have overdosed and died from heroin use.

Numerous others have come close to dying.

Right now, officers need your help.

They are looking for tips of suspicious activity to follow up on.

Every tip officers receive goes into a database.

Mercy County Sheriff Jeff Grey an Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said they are working together to crack down on this rising problem.

Grey said all tips are take seriously and will be investigated.

However, if it is the first tip about a suspect, do not expect an immediate arrest.

On average, it takes nine months to build a solid case against a heroin dealer.

But sometimes even the smallest tip is the little piece needed to speed up the strenuous bring down a heroin dealer.

Police said people they have arrested said the majority of the heroin in Mercer and Auglaize counties is coming from Dayton.

But it is also trickling in from Fort Wayne, Chicago and occasionally Toledo and Detroit.

Anyone caught using heroin will be arrested.

However, Sheriff Grey said authorities will try to help them beat the addiction.

Meanwhile, Grey said law enforcement is really going after drug traffickers with the hope of breaking heroin's grip on Mercer and Auglaize counties.

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