According to law enforcement authorities with the Loveland Police Department, a couple in Loveland were allegedly found passed out in their car with two small children in the backseat on Nov. 23. Reportedly, the incident occurred in a Kroger's grocery store parking lot in the town.
Heroin use is a growing issue in Ohio and across the country. The increased availability of the drug and its addictive qualities make it a growing target for law enforcement. With that in mind, law enforcement authorities in many states are taking steps to pursue those they believe are distributing heroin, and in some cases they are seeking stringent penalties to dealers who have been connected to a fatal overdose. An example of the police making arrests when it comes to violation of heroin laws recently occurred in New York.
Ohio residents may have heard about some of the actions local authorities are taking to reduce the alarmingly high rate of heroin overdose-related deaths occurring in the state. According to statistics, almost 1,000 residents are dying from these overdoses every year. This number is four times higher than it was in 2008. As a result, many alleged heroin dealers are facing greater enforcement from local police and prosecutors.
On Sept. 14, a man in Ohio was sentenced to life in prison after maintaining his innocence throughout the entire trial. The 33-year-old man is accused of acting as the leader of a heroin-trafficking ring in a notoriously dangerous section of Cleveland's East Side. The man is one of 60 people who were issued federal indictments in 2013 after an investigation called Operation Fox Hound.
A 23-year-old Shaker Heights man was found not guilty by a federal jury in July after being charged with selling heroin as part of a vast drug ring. The man had been convicted in the past for various drug crimes as well as tampering with evidence. He still faces weapons charges in another case pending in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
According to law enforcement officials, 20 people have been indicted for participating in a conspiracy to transport cocaine and heroin to Akron and distribute it in northeast Ohio. The alleged participants are between the ages of 24 and 60. Prior to the indictment, an investigation was conducted through a collaboration of law enforcement officials across towns and cities, along with the FBI and DEA. Authorities reported the seizure of crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, a Kevlar vest, six firearms, ammunition and cash. Their investigation concluded that a 60-year-old man obtained cocaine and heroin from two women aged 29 and 30 as well as other other individuals in 2010. Then, authorities say that the man gave the drugs to other indicted people to distribute.
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A new drug is sweeping across Ohio that is similar to but much more dangerous than heroin. According to reports, the powerful prescription painkiller fentanyl is up to 25 times stronger than heroin and has already caused many deaths in the state.
In recent years, the United States has seen a dramatic rise in the use of heroin and addictive prescription drugs. Ohio and West Virginia are no exceptions. Many people who are arrested for narcotics possession in our region would prefer to stop using, but addiction is too powerful. In addition to protecting an individual from the effects of police violations such as illegal search and seizure, a strong criminal defense may involve helping a defendant get addiction treatment.
Heroin abuse is something that is on the radar screens of law enforcement authorities throughout Ohio. Do a search of the word "heroin" on The Columbus Dispatch website and you will see just how significant an issue the subject is in the state.