Heroin operation leads to 35 arrests
SLIDELL - Authorities arrested 35 people in a recent multi-agency heroin investigation, according to Slidell Police.
The St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force made the arrests since February in an effort to combat heroin use in and around Slidell. Authorities said charges for the suspects range from simple possession to heroin distribution.
A joint statement from St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain, Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith and Mandeville Police Chief Rick Richard said the area had seen several heroin overdoses in the past couple of years. They said heroin also had a direct link to property crimes like theft and burglary in their communities.
The task force consists of the Slidell Police Department, the Mandeville Police Department, The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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