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2014 heroin arrests triple 2012-13 total in St Tammany

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago December 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2014 Wednesday, December 31 2014 December 31, 2014 3:12 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

COVINGTON - St. Tammany Parish authorities say heroin arrests in 2014 are triple the total for the previous two years and officers confiscated 50 times as much heroin.

And Coroner Charles Preston says a particularly lethal heroin mixture is being found. It's mixed with acetyl-fentanyl - a synthetic opiate that the American College of Emergency Physicians describes as five to 15 times more potent than heroin.

The St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force says in a news release that there have been more than 100 heroin-related arrests this year, compared to 32 for 2012 and 2013 together. The amount of heroin confiscated rose from a two-year total of 2.1 ounces to more than 6½ pounds.

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