Officers flood Dayton looking for opiates

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Heroin Task Force spent six hours searching for opiates Friday afternoon.

This year, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 718 overdoses. A third of those calls came from the east-side of Dayton. An area Sheriff Phil Plummer says has become a prime target for opiate dealers.

A detail of 50 officers from seven agencies including the DEA patrolled parts of Dayton looking for drugs, addicts and dealers. Deputy Brian Shiverdecker says while that’s a lot of resources, they could have used more.

“Along with those drugs come gun, burglaries and breaking and entering,” said Shiverdecker.

Some were taken to jail on warrants or possession, others were taken to treatment at Cornerstone.

Sheriff Plummer says he’ll do whatever it takes to put an end to the heroin trade.

“Every corner I turn there is an officer stopping somebody. Citizens are out thanking us, they’re tired of it also,” said Plummer.

Shiverdecker says the opiate problem is everywhere, from Dayton to the suburbs. He stopped to ask several addicts if they wanted help, but was rejected each time.

“That’s on them, not me. We’re giving them the opportunity,” said Shiverdecker.

The sweep will end Friday at 4:00 p.m. When 2 NEWS gets results from the sweep, we’ll update the story. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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