2014 heroin arrests triple 2012-13 total in St Tammany
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.