CNT: Meth seizures still high, heroin on the rise

Updated: Mar. 24, 2017 at 3:01 PM EDT
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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Chatham-Savannah's Counter Narcotics agents are finding more of a certain type of deadly drug on the streets, and CNT's director shared some of their findings with Chatham County Commissioners on Friday.

So far this year, Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics agents have seized more than $100,000 worth of drugs off the streets. Also, more than a dozen guns have been confiscated and 35 people have been arrested on drug-related charges.

CNT Director Everett Ragan shared his office's stats when it comes to what drugs have been seized, and a breakdown of the amounts. Meth is leading the way so far this year, with just more than $90,000 worth being found by police.

But Ragan said one other particularly dangerous substance is on the rise in Chatham County, one that lawmakers at all levels are trying to eradicate, and that's heroin.

"We are in this area seeing increases in heroin," Ragan said. "We're seeing increases in fentanyl. We have not seen the carfentanil yet, but it's coming. It's in Atlanta, it'll be here."

That illegally produced carfentanil is even deadlier than fentanyl, and is often mixed into other illicit substances like heroin, which leads to an increase in overdose deaths.

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