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Frankfort police treat overdoses as crime scenes to target dealers

Frankfort police are increasing efforts to crack down on drug dealers. Starting next month, Frankfort police officers will investigate all overdoses as crime scenes to try and build strong cases against dealers.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 10:46 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2018 11:43 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Frankfort police are increasing efforts to crack down on drug dealers. Starting next month, Frankfort police officers will investigate all overdoses as crime scenes to try and build strong cases against dealers.

On Monday night, the community came out to a public forum to hear more about the initiative.

"I don't think people realize how hard it is tracking these people back," said Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon. "When the drugs get to the United States, it goes through multiple people before it even gets to Frankfort."

"There were just over 110 drug offenses in 2016 and there were 201 drug offenses in 2017," said Clinton County Prosecutor Anthony Sommer.

The new guidelines require responding officers and detectives to treat every incident as a medical scene first. Then, if the overdose is believed to be caused by an opiate, officers will administer Narcan and treat the situation as a potential crime scene.

The idea is to try and recover evidence that could lead to drug dealers.

"Hopefully, the policy that we've enacted and those guidelines will slow everything down for us," said Bacon. "Officers can now collect the right information they need to give to the narcotic detectives."

Bacon said in 2017, police officers responded to 57 overdoses with Narcan administered 24 times. So far this year, there have been nine overdoses with Narcan administered four times.

"If we use it and we revive someone, our ultimate hope is that they will cooperate with us," said Bacon. "Because these investigations won't happen unless there's cooperation."

Despite the uptick in cases, Sommer said, "We're not experiencing nearly the number of cases here in this county that other communities are dealing with."

Also starting next month, the department is hiring on two full-time narcotic detectives.

Police urge anyone to report an anonymous drug or crime tip by texting TIP FRANKFORTPD followed by the message to 888777.

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