NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — More than 20 people have been arrested as part of a crackdown on illegal dealing in heroin and other drugs, authorities in southern Indiana said Wednesday.
New Albany police and other law enforcement agencies made the arrests Tuesday and Wednesday in the Louisville, Ky., suburb and neighboring communities.
"The majority of these arrests are related to dealing specifically heroin and prescription medications," New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight said.
Some people also were arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine and marijuana. Most of those arrested were from Floyd County.
Knight and Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said heroin has become more popular because it is relatively cheap and because authorities have cracked down on illegal trafficking in painkillers and other prescription medications.
"We've seen the tide change. Heroin now has a greater impact on our community in the last six months," Henderson said.
Henderson also said that heroin overdose deaths have increased.
"It (heroin) has a lower price on the streets and is very potent," Henderson said.