CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New numbers released by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Wednesday showed a staggering rise in heroin overdoses over the last two years.
According to CMPD, heroin overdoses jumped from 567 in 2014 to over 900 last year. In the first two months of 2017, police say there were an additional 27 overdoses, including two fatal cases.
Those numbers were revealed during a press conference announcing a major arrest to highlight the growing problem in the Queen City. Investigators said two people were arrested for dealing the drug in the area, and that about $50,000 worth of heroin was involved.
It’s enough street value to buy a fancy car, or more likely ruin many lives. Police say two men dealing heroin in the Charlotte area were busted with 430 grams.
“You multiply that times $120 per gram, that’s a $51,600 street value,” says Lieutenant Brian Sanders with CMPD.
Police say there are likely other undocumented cases.
“We’re not talking about self-transported cases to the hospital, so it’s hard to tell what the real number is,” says Lieutenant Sanders.
The latest investigation came after an anonymous tip. Police say the suspects arrested also had $10,000 worth of cocaine, equipment to make fraudulent credit cards and IDs, three firearms, and $18,000 cash.
“The Crime Stopper tip really helps us, and the investigation really led to a good arrest,” says Lieutenant Sanders.
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