LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Multiple Scott County Indiana agencies worked together to arrest almost a dozen people now facing a slew of charges from felony drug dealing, conspiracy, possession and other charges near Thanksgiving Day.
This is an area as we know was once declared a state of emergency for its spike in HIV cases and drug overdoses back in 2015.
According to the Scott County Health Department, recovery groups there have increased by more than 500 percent since 2015.
Eleven Scott County Indiana residents are now facing drug-related charges after an investigation spanning several months.
The Scottsburg police department shared a picture of what allegedly was recovered, showing more than 300 grams of meth, handguns, cash and other drugs.
"That's something that I never thought we'd be carrying is Narcan and having to have needle gloves on every call you go on," Sgt. Steven Herald, Scottsburg Police Department, said. "I don't see as many overdoses as we had been having, but we're still seeing a lot of arrests if you go through unfortunately, it appears that three-fourths of the time there's a drug charge that appears on just about everybody that's arrested on the jail log."
He reflects on a dark time for his community.
In 2015, state health officials declared a state of emergency in Scott County, citing high HIV positive cases and overdoses.
Now, the county Health Department says it's Syringe Service Program has referred 552 people to substance abuse treatment and 140 people to substance abuse recovery groups.
"I hated that publicity for this area, to be honest, 95 percent of the people here are great people that just want to go to work and come home and be with their families," Sgt. Herald stated.
One day at a time, Sgt. Herald's community that he's lived in all of his life, can hopefully continue to make good strides.
Those drugs, money and guns confiscated during the alleged drug bust have a street value of more than $30,000.