Va. Law Enforcement Agencies Fighting Rise in Heroin Use

The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force say crime fighting has changed since they

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Feb. 26, 2014

The Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force say crime fighting has changed since they've been in operation.

In the 90's, crack cocaine was a big issue for the folks fighting the war on drugs. But now, they say heroin is the drug of choice - and law enforcement officials are seeing an increase in its use.

Last year, the task force seized 205 grams of heroin. The year before, they seized only three grams.

Orange County Sheriff Mark Amos says new leadership in recent years has helped them increase enforcement, and make more arrests.

"Heroin now has become, it seems to be making a comeback, and it is because it's much cheaper than prescription medicine," says Sheriff Amos.

Last year, the task force executed 27 search warrants, and 99 undercover drug purchases.

Representatives from State Police, DEA, Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange, Madison and Greene counties work together on the task force.

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