ELYRIA, Ohio - A surge in home burglaries around northeast Ohio can be traced in part to people selling what they steal to buy drugs.
Those people are mostly buying the cheaper and deadly heroin after becoming addicted to expensive prescription painkillers. That’s what is keeping the Lorain County Sheriff Department's Drug Task Force so busy.
Besides busting heroin dealers with help from Hector, a hard working K-9, the unit recently arrested a man storing PCP in sweet tea jugs. They also busted the production of a potentially-explosive hallucinogen DMT, or tree bark lab.
On Friday, they arrested a man driving around with a large amount of marijuana, cocaine and numerous weapons in his car.
Now, the unit. made up of six deputies, one assistant and one dog, has an unclear future.
On May 9, Issue 3, a .080-mill levy that supports the drug task force is on the ballot.
It would cost the owner of a $100,000-home $2.50 a year and would generate $490,000 a year to support the unit and its crackdown on heroin.
"Probably about 85 percent of our investigations are prescription drugs or heroin and that's the epidemic-type situation in our county," said Dennis Cavanaugh, Chief Deputy of the Lorain County Sheriff's Department.
Cavanaugh said a person died from an apparent heroin overdose in Carlisle Township on Wednesday.
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