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Heroin-related arrests soar in St. Tammany Parish in 2014

The 10 distributors pictured on top (via STPSO) The 10 distributors pictured on top (via STPSO)
ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Heroin-related arrests in St. Tammany Parish soar in 2014. The number of arrests in 2014 more than tripled the number of arrests made in 2012 and 2013 combined.

From 2012-2013, a total of 32 heroin related arrests were made. With these arrests, 60 grams of heroin were seized. As 2014 comes to an end on Wednesday, over 100 arrests were recorded in the parish and over 3,000 grams of heroin was seized.

“It is no secret that heroin abuse is on the rise in our country, our region and our state. Our statistics show that our Narcotics Task Force seized more than 3,000 grams of heroin off the streets of our parish in the first 10 months of this year. Our agency has been aggressively fighting heroin use and has made this effort a priority to keep our streets and our resident's safe,” says Sheriff Jack Strain.

As of September 2014, there have been 12 confirmed heroin overdoses in St. Tammany Parish. Due to toxicology results taking three months to complete, the final statistics for 2014 won't be completed for several months. The number of overdoses seems to be consistent with the 2013 statistics, where there were 17  heroin related overdoses reported in St. Tammany Parish, deputies say.

In March of 2014, the St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force, which consists of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Slidell Police Department, and the Mandeville Police Department, partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and announced 35 heroin related arrests. Since March, over seventy-five heroin related arrests have been made. Ten of the seventy-five arrested were charged with distribution of heroin.

The ten arrested on distribution charges include:

  1. Lyles Hartmann, age 34, of Slidell, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  2. Derek Winding, age 30, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  3. Alvin Hardy, age 19, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  4. Jennifer Ramirez, age 37, of Slidell, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  5. Kendrick Irons, age 37, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  6. Gerald Connor, age 32, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  7. Wue Lee, age 38, of Bay St. Louis, MS, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  8. Thomas Scott, age 24, of New Orleans, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  9. Warren London, age 41, of Slidell, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
  10. Thomas Bush, age 10-17-85, Slidell, LA, charged with: Manufacture/Sale of a schedule I narcotic (heroin)
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