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Growing Heroin Problem on Delmarva

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SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico County Sheriff Lewis says heroin has become a major problem in the region.  The sheriff says it all comes down to supply and demand and right now there is a major demand and a seemingly endless supply coming through our area.

In the 2011 fiscal year, 187 people sought help for heroin addiction in Wicomico County.  That number climbed to 243 in 2012.

"We've actually seen more of an increase in heroin than we have prescription.  For a while it was individuals struggling with prescription drug dependence and now it's heroin again," said Heather Brown, the Director of Addiction at the Wicomico County Health Department.

Sheriff Mike Lewis says the increase in heroin can be tied to a local crack down on illegal prescription drugs.  He says the region has experienced the heroin boom in the past six to nine months.

"The seizure this weekend of 500 bags of heroin on a traffic stop on the southern end of Wicomico County is a prime example of what we're seeing right now," said Sheriff Lewis.

The traffic stop happened Sunday in Fruitland and police say the 500 bags seized are valued at more than $5,000.  There have been other recent heroin cases including a bust in late April when police raided Jones International in Salisbury and said Caleb Jones was dealing the drug from that store.  And recently, a Salisbury man, Tereek Nutter, was sentenced to 151 months for his part in a statewide heroin drug conspiracy ring.  Sheriff Lewis says law enforcement is doing everything it can to curb the drug growth.

Lewis said, "We're attacking this with all facets of law enforcement.  From the uniformed perspective, from the undercover perspective and using K-9's and special initiatives to try and identify these drug couriers who are moving heroin into and throughout Wicomico County and it's never ending. It's a never ending cycle."

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