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38 arrested in southern Indiana drug roundup, others being sought

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NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Authorities in New Albany have 38 people in custody after a six month investigation into drug dealing.

Chief Sherri Knight of the New Albany Police Department said officers from her department and other local, state and federal agencies fanned out early Wednesday to make the arrests.

[SLIDESHOW: Mugshots of New Albany drug suspects]

Police continue to search for nine of the wanted. Thirty-three of those arrested are being held in the Floyd County Jail. Four others are at Louisville Metro Corrections and one is in custody in Indianapolis.

Knight called the arrests the largest drug roundup in the history of the New Albany Police.

"The law enforcement in our community, as well as my office, have and will continue to aggressively pursue people who come into our community to deal drugs - to deal poison - to adults and children alike," said Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson.

Henderson said drugs are a problem all over, including in the Floyd County community. During 2012 and 2013, Henderson said there were 20 overdoses each of those years in Floyd County. During the first six weeks of 2014, Henderson said that number stands at seven.

 

MeriBeth Adams-Wolf with Our Place deals the horrors of drug abuse every day and says unfortunately she's not surprised by the bust. 

"For quite some time, I would say over the past five years, we've known that Floyd County has had an increasing issue with drug and alcohol abuse," said Adams-Wolf. 

For nearly two decades Adams-Wolf has seen it first hand. Our Place is a non profit organization that serves 4500 people a year in five counties with intervention and prevention programs. Their work is needed now more than ever.

"The main change that we've seen here is obviously more people coming in for opium based substances. You know that's really been a new trend in this community over the past several years," said Adams-Wolf. 

What started out as prescription drug abuse has quickly evolved to a what Adams-Wolf says is a much more dangerous trend.

"Now that physicians are getting a better handle on monitoring medications and we got a lot of the pharmaceuticals off the street now unfortunately people are turning to heroin," said Adams-Wolf. "They're still addicted and they are still seeking their drug."

 

According to Henderson, drugs and money seized during the arrests.

For more information on Our Place click, here.

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