We will look for trends before culminating the coverage into a podcast, where we'll discuss the trends with local law enforcement.
The first part of this series, which we are titling Battling Heroin in Fort Thomas, will look at how many individuals have been arrested and where they are from.
As expected with the introduction of a heroin-only detail aligned on the interstates surrounding Fort Thomas known as the Heroin-Interdiction-Team (H.I.T.), heroin-related arrests were up.
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There were 111 total arrests in 2016, up 28% from 2015.
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In February of 2016, Campbell County Prosecutors tried and successful convicted Donald Redd of Cincinnati for two charges of Importing Heroin and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance. Because of increased penalties in Senate Bill 192, passed by the Kentucky legislature in 2015, the jury was able to up the penalties under the new "Importing Heroin" charge and gave Redd 10 years to serve.
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Fort Thomas Police Officer, Brandon Laffin, originally stopped Redd on I-471, as part of the H.I.T. detail.
Of the 111 heroin-related arrests in 2016, three individuals resided in Fort Thomas.
The rest of the statistics that show the residence of the suspect arrested are below:
Alexandria - 3
Bellevue - 1
Dayton - 1
Fort Thomas - 3
Highland Heights - 1
Melbourne - 1
Newport - 8
Southgate - 3
Wilder - 1
Butler, Falmouth, Maysville - 3
Covington - 6
All Other Cities in Kenton Co. - 2
Boone County - 3
All Other Cities in Kentucky - 8
Cincinnati - 17
All Other Cities in Ohio - 47
All Other States - 2
Homeless or Unknown - 1