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Schumer Calls For Federal Help In Heroin Fight

Asks For County To Be Designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

June 13, 2014
By The Post-Journal ( , Post-Journal

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy to designate Chautauqua County a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which will help Chautauqua County address a recent and disturbing uptick in heroin usage and drug-related crime by improving coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as providing equipment, technology and additional resources that the county needs to tackle this challenge. Schumer noted that, in the city of Jamestown, heroin-related arrests have tripled over the last three years, and in 2013 heroin use was linked to more deaths in the area than any other drug. In addition, Jamestown Police Department estimates 90 percent of crime in the city is drug related. Schumer also noted that a major drug trafficking group -- the Angueira Drug Ring -- was busted in 2011, after a three-year investigation, and found to have been moving more than a half a kilogram of heroin per week through Chautauqua County to a number of states in the northeast. Schumer is asking ONDCP to designate Chautauqua County as a HIDTA in order to curb this emerging threat.



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