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Ithaca Police: Heroin-related arrests are increasing

Ithaca Police: Heroin-related arrests are increasing

This week, WHCU takes a closer look at the growing problem of heroin in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

On Tuesday, we heard from Rich Bennett, treatment director at Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services, who says that the number of clients who identify heroin as their preferred drug of choice has tripled in the last 5 years.

Ithaca Police Officer Jamie Williamson says his department has seen a spike in heroin-related arrests.

“Our Special Investigations Unit has seen a significant increase in the heroin industry, and that certainly has extended here to Ithaca,” Williamson said.

Williamson says it’s difficult to pinpoint where the drug is coming from and who it’s coming through, but other police agencies throughout the state are also noticing an increase in heroin usage.

In response to this issue, the Ithaca Police Department is releasing a new narcotics tipline. Anyone can call 607-330-0000 to report narcotics-related activity. Any information will be forwarded to the department’s Special Investigations Unit.

More: Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson on Ithaca’s growing heroin problem.

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