Release Date: February 8, 2014
Modesto Police Department
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Author: Officer Chris Adams
Since December of 2013 the Modesto Narcotic Enforcement Team, or MNET, has directed their drug fighting efforts to the drug of Heroin. MNET spent this time identifying several different Heroin dealers throughout the city and capped it off last week, serving 9 search warrants and making a total of 32 arrests. The team, with the assistance of the Street Gang Unit and Stanislaus County Probation, seized over 6 ounces of Heroin, over $3000 in US Currency, and took two guns off of the street. Investigators also recovered items of stolen property and rescued 6 children who were in conditions which could cause them serious injury. In some cases children were present during the sales of Heroin and had access to these drugs, as well as weapons.
“I think we made an impact on the access someone may have to Heroin” said Sgt. Kelly Rea, supervisor of MNET. “We wanted to put these dealers on notice that we are watching, we are paying attention, and we will not allow for this to occur in our community”, Rea said.
Heroin is a highly addictive opiate based drug that has recently come into the national lime light. Most users claim that it only takes one or two uses of the drug before they are addicted. Modesto Police have found that the majority of Heroin arrests occur with the offender being between the ages of 20-30 years old.
The Modesto Narcotic Enforcement Team is a street level narcotics enforcement team, and focuses on low to mid-level drug dealers. This effort by MNET was to make an impact at the street level, and to help curb the access to Heroin. It was also an effort to help with clearing out some of the dealers from residential neighborhoods which are affected by this activity.
MNET and the Police Department encourages anyone who has information regarding suspected drug activity in their neighborhood to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.
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