San Juan County sees a rise in heroin cases

Posted at: 11/19/2012 7:45 AM
By: The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are seeing an increase in heroin cases in San Juan County.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that agents for a county drug enforcement agency have had 16 heroin cases and seized 277 grams of the drug so far this year. That's compared to four heroin cases and 68 grams of the drug sized from 2004 to 2011.

The biggest bust came in October when authorities seized a half-pound of heroin from a south Farmington home. It was the most heroin San Juan County narcotics agents had confiscated in a single arrest in at least 15 years.

Joe Earley, clinical supervisor for a substance abuse treatment center, says there has also been an increasing number of people at his center who are trying to kick a heroin habit.

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