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.

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