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St. Louis DEA Fights Growing Heroin Problem

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

DEA agents, in conjunction with local police, arrested more than 50 people in the St. Louis area this week associated with a loose network of heroin trafficking.

Officials hope to double the number of arrests in a fight against a growing problem in the region. A new form of highly-potent and often lethal heroin is selling for as little as $10 a bag, the Columbus, Ind. paper The Republic reported.

“The newer heroin is so potent that some users die before they can remove the syringe from their veins,” The Republic reported. The increased purity has lured suburban and middle-class youths afraid of injecting with needles; the new form can be smoke or snorted and still effective.

“Today isn’t the silver bullet, but this is the beginning of us making our statement and pushing back,” Harry Sommers, DEA’s St. Louis agent in charge, told the Associated Press. In all, Sommers expects to make a total of 104 arrests.

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