Drug task force formed to combat heroin use in a central Indiana community

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CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (Dec. 4, 2014)– A new task force has formed in response to a growing problem of heroin use in Connersville.

The task force started November 4. Several agencies are involved, including Indiana State Police, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Connersville Police Department. The task force has arrested 24 people in the past month. Those people have been charged with a number of drug offenses.

“Our goal for this whole thing is to arrest drug dealers and try to stop the drugs from coming into our community, but it’s just not to get drugs off the streets, but to help get people off drugs,” Connersville Police Chief David Counceller said.

Since September, 41 people have overdosed on heroin in Connersville. Of those 41 people, eight of them have died. Because of the alarming trend, the task force was formed.

“I see it going in the right direction. Yes. Do we still have a lot of work? Yes we do, but we’re making a difference,” Assistant Police Chief Dennis Perkins said.

Counceller said the task force will do extensive community outreach and work with organizations to provide resources for people, including counseling and information about treatment centers.

“We’re not out here just to throw everybody in jail. We’re here to also help people,” Counceller said.

If anyone has information about drug activity in Fayette County, they can call or email the task force. You can reach them at (765) 821-2227 or (765) 821-0998. You can also email them an anonymous tip to tforce@gmail.com.