Deputies target heroin users during the 'morning rush'

Deputies target heroin users during the 'morning rush'

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - While most people are driving to work in the morning, many heroin addicts are on their way to get their fix, according to Clermont County Sheriff Deputy Steve Leahy.

Call it the "Morning Rush" – the time between 8 a.m. and noon when deputies receive reports of drugged drivers.

"When they wake up they're dope sick, is what they call it," said Leahy.

The sheriff's department has set up targeted patrols during the "morning rush." They focus on areas where users might be on their way back from buying drugs in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.

"They scrape together enough money to go to Cincinnati, they'll use what they bought right there and then drive back to their residences," said Leahy.

Leah said most addicts make daily drug runs.

K9 units are teamed up with deputies to patrol hot spots.

FOX19 NOW was granted exclusive access to the patrol runs. During the ride-along, we witnessed several arrests and drug busts. Watch the report in the video above.

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