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Task force targets heroin users on the roads

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FORT THOMAS, KY (FOX19) -

Fort Thomas police are checking for more than speed on the highways.

The department recently started a new heroin interdiction team to try and combat the drug epidemic.

"It's an issue that's affecting every community. It's a sad thing,” said Officer Nicholas Hoffman. “Almost everyone I talk to here at work, even outside of
work, knows someone who is on heroin, has been on heroin or passed away from using heroin."

Officer Hoffman said just in the last few months there have been several accidents within Fort Thomas that are thought to be drug related.

As a result the Heroin Interdiction Team, or H.I.T, was formed. The three man unit patrols the highways specifically looking for heroin and other drug activity.

Since the unit started in mid-February there have been 47 felony charges filed and 128 drug charges, 86 of which were opiate related stemming from H.I.T stops.

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