App tip from citizen leads to heroin arrest
Today, during a midday multi jurisdictional narcotics operation led by the Peabody Police Narcotics Unit, in conjunction with the Lynnfield P.D. K-9 Unit and the Ipswich P.D/D.E.A. Task Force Officer a search warrant was executed at a Peabody residence – 14 Collins Street #18. Officers seized approx 15 grams of Heroin and $3,500 in cash from the dwelling.
The Peabody Police Narcotics Unit conducted a several month long investigation involving area surveillance and other covert techniques. The investigation stemmed from numerous anonymous tips received via MyPD, an anonymous tip reporting venue available through the Peabody Police Website or may be downloaded as a smart phone app. Peabody Police Chief Thomas Griffin would like to extend his gratitude to the community for their cooperation and assistance that has been offered to his officers. Community outreach and building relationships are imperative in maintaining a safe environment for our residents, said Chief Griffin.
Massachusetts communities, including states across the country, are experiencing a sharp increase in heroin overdoses and opioid addiction. Numerous states are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. The overdoses are triggered by the purity and ingredients street level dealers are peddling to their “customers”. Many police departments have adopted policies involving training their officers to utilize the drug Narcan, an opioid antagonist that is used for the complete or partial reversal of opioid depression, including respiratory depression. It is also used for diagnosis of suspected or known acute opioid overdose.
The Peabody Police Department is currently in the process of adopting the use of Narcan.