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More arrests, heroin use skyrocketing, $2M seized in drugs and cash over past year

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Drugs and drug paraphernalia are seen in this file photo. REUTERS/Bor Slana
Drugs and drug paraphernalia are seen in this file photo. REUTERS/Bor Slana

BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) - More than $2 million worth of illegal drugs and cash was seized over the past year by the Brown County Drug Task Force.  Sheriff’s Lt. David Poteat leads the drug task force and says there was about a 16% increase in the number of arrests.  Nearly 620 people were arrested and 73% of the arrests were for felony charges.  Heroin use is skyrocketing in Brown County and the abuse of narcotic prescription drugs is on the rise.  Heroin seizures were up 235%, prescription drugs were up nearly 50%. 

Poteat says drug users are turning to heroin and prescription drugs because it’s a cheaper way to get high. 

Only one use of heroin can get you addicted.  Cocaine is becoming harder to come by, it’s not as pure, and getting more expensive.  High grade marijuana is becoming more accessible.     There were a 15 total narcotic deaths; 13 involved heroin while the other two people died from prescription drug overdose.    Drug line tipsters are calling around 20% more with nearly 570 calls.  Kids are also getting caught in the middle of drug investigations.  There were 80 charges of child neglect recommended to the district attorney’s office. 

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