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Police say heroin trafficking up

POSTED: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 2:40pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- A recent drug bust involving heroin is just one of many in the last couple of years as the drug is on the rise in Waco.

"Recently our street crimes unit made a pretty significant arrest of three individuals. Two of them had a pretty fair quantity of heroin," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton, Waco police spokesman.

New evidence shows these days needles are no more.

"The purity can actually be smoked and uh, not used intravenously, uh, people don't have to inject it," said Swanton.

Making it more socially accepted.

"So we're seeing a little bit of an increase in younger people using heroin. Social events, parties, uh, areas where maybe in can be laced into a marijuana cigarette," said Swanton.

And even more dangerous.

"They're able to smoke it and ingest it, and feel the effects of it just mainly due to the fact it's a little more pure. The problem is you really don't know what you're getting with heroin which is, can lead to significant increase in overdoses," said Swanton.

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