Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Police: Busted Dealers Sought Addicts in Rehab

Arizona Daily Sun

Agents with the Metro anti-narcotics task force have arrested three men on drug charges and have taken about $8,500 worth of heroin and cocaine off the streets.

The dealers had been targeting young people and addicts just getting out of drug treatment centers, according to information from Metro.

Agents, along with federal investigators, had been targeting the heroin ring for months, conducting hundreds of hours of surveillance. Agents also made several "undercover buys" that resulted in the arrests of the three men.

Sgt. Ryan Beckman of Metro said that the investigation revealed that most of the heroin addicts the drug ring supplied were in their late teens and early 20s.

"It was discovered that on multiple occasions, the dealers would intentionally seek out users who had gone through drug rehabilitation with the intent of giving them heroin on the day they exited treatment to continue their addiction," Beckman stated.

During the arrests, agents seized 54 grams of heroin (400 hits) with a street value of about $5,000, 37 grams of cocaine with a street value of about $3,500, two vehicles and a handgun, according to information from Metro.

The investigation is ongoing.

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