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Jefferson City police continue fight against heroin

By Sherree Burruss, Sports Reporter, sherree.burruss@kmiz.com
Published On: May 02 2013 06:43:38 PM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 08:54:27 PM CDT

Jefferson City police say that they are winning the fight against heroin in the Capitol City and plan to keep it that way.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -

Jefferson City police say they are winning the fight against heroin in the Capitol City and plan to keep it that way.

Police met Thursday with the city's public safety commission about plans to keep reducing the number of heroin overdoses. 

Last month, Jefferson City police and Mid-Missouri drug task forces arrested 80 people, five of them suspected of being major heroin dealers. 

Police say this year they have six times the number of heroin-related cases compared to the same time last year. Officer say they are making progress.

That's because there were 16 overdoses a year ago, compared to only two this year. 

"We have an ongoing, continual, aggressive enforcement plan where we use our narcotic officers to make narcotic arrests through the month, and we've been really successful," said Jefferson City Sgt. Joseph Matherne.

This year, undercover officers are encountering fewer sales and are taking notice of how sparse heroin dealers are becoming. 

Police and drug force units are also incorporating education in their battle against the deadly drug.

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