Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Fort Thomas Police Report Initial Results of Heroin Interdiction Program Along I-471
Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly announced at the city council meeting on Monday night the beginning of a Heroin Interdiction Team, aimed at stopping drivers along I-471 through Fort Thomas from driving under the influence of heroin and other drugs has been a success.
The program was initiated by Sgt. Chris Goshorn of the Fort Thomas Police Department, and the program began in mid-February.
Daly presented the five-week report from Feb. 18 through March 18, 2016 at the council meeting on Monday night.
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Within the five-week period, a total of 107 traffic stops along the 471 corridor through Foty Thomas were related to drugs, including 70 opiate arrests, which include heroin, according to Chief Daly.
Also within the five-week period, a total of 42 stops brought felony charges.
The report also included a breakdown of the residencies of those stopped and/or arrested for drug-related charges. The most common residency was Amelia, OH, with a total of seven people arrested. Only 12 people (out of 72 total drug addicts encountered in Fort Thomas) were from cities located in Campbell County.
Of the 72 drug addicts encountered in the Heroin Interdiction Program during the five-week period, 49 were arrested and charged with drug-related crimes, while 23 were “known opiate addicts encountered without charges filed,” according to the report.
Among the evidence collected in the five-week stretch were 40 syringes, 146.5 pill dosage units, 89.5 opiate pills (81 Vicodin), 37 opioid withdrawal pills, and 17 anti-anxiety medications.
In addition, over 20 grams of heroin were confiscated, which has a street value of over $3,000, according to Daly.
Some other items that were confiscated include: tourniquets, burnt spoons, cut straws, marijuana, a handgun, cocaine, marijuana pipes, and crack pipes.
The age ranges of all arrests for heroin, according to Chief Daly, ranged from 21 years old to 56 years old.
Chief Daly said word is spreading about the program, telling a story of someone arrested who was from Ashland, Ky.
“They said they were afraid to come up here,” Daly said. “They said ‘we’ve heard what you’re doing up here.'”
Daly said that the program will continue in order to keep addicts of heroin and other drugs off the highways through Fort Thomas.