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22 arrested in heroin bust

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Keith Henderson Keith Henderson
Chris Russ Chris Russ
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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Nearly two dozen suspected drug dealers are off the streets after several agencies teamed up for a sweep across southern Indiana Wednesday.

This latest raid by New Albany Police nabbed 22 people selling drugs in local neighborhoods and stretched across several areas, including Jeffersonville, Clarksville and Louisville. Heroin is high on the list as a drug of choice. For New Albany Police it's now a bigger problem than illegal pills.

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"We've seen almost an entire shift almost of those overdoses to heroin," said Keith Henderson, the Floyd County Prosecutor.

The 22 arrested come from across southern Indiana and included one from Louisville. Police collected drugs, including heroin and hypodermic needles. Some residents are also noticing the problem.

"You keep prescribing people opiate pills for whatever reason, eventually they are going to become addicted to opiates," said Chris Russ, a New Albany resident.

Police scoured the Broadmeade Terrace Apartments in New Albany. The complex is home to many families.

"It does surprise me. I didn't know it was around here," said one mom, a resident of the apartment complex.

Another arrest was made in a usually quiet neighborhood in central New Albany.

"We bought the home mainly because we thought it was a good neighborhood," said Russ Payton.

A park is right down the street. People go there to walk their dogs and go for jogs, not thinking this would be a place for illegal drug deals.

"You would not think that the drug activity would be here," Payton said.

Police are concerned that heroin is injecting itself into more and more communities. It took several agencies to help make these latest arrests, while two undercover detectives worked for five months.

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