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Officers Crack Down on Heroin in QCA

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A Rock Island County man faces nearly eight years in prison on heroin charges. And while officers say getting him off the streets is a start, this won't stop the drug from flowing into the QCA.

The federal indictment shows the case goes back to October of 2010. Between then and September of 2012, it says four people possessed and intended to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture containing heroin. One of them, Jamie Phillips, has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 93 months behind bars.

The Director of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group says that is the result of a lot of dangerous work, that isn't done yet. "We quantify it as an emerging trend," Kevin Winslow tells us. He says he's seen it over the past 3 or four years, more and more heroin in the QCA. "I think what we saw was a significant increase in people addicted, people using," he says.

Why his team is working to bring the numbers down, working for years building a case against Jamie Philips. Winslow says, "He was one of them we felt was responsible for distributing large amounts of heroin." Along with his associates. "We inserted undercover agents," Winslow tells us, "Who, with a lot of time and a lot of risk to their own personal safety, took the steps they needed to take to purchase multiple amounts of heroin and other drugs from these individuals."

Learning he says, in this case, the drug was coming from Chicago and a former Quad Citian, who because of this case, is no longer in business. "It's satisfying knowing that at least this group of people and people associated with them won't have the opportunity to distribute any more heroin or drugs," Winslow says. "And hopefully no one will be addicted and overdose from that. Will it be the last time we face this problem? No."

In fact he says, it is still happening."People are daily making multiple trips to Chicago, either they're driving by bus or they're driving on I-88." At the same time, Winslow tells us this case is helping officers contain the problem. "We're able to identify so many more people that were involved and that are gonna springboard off this investigation. We've already started another 10 investigations based on what we've learned."

And he says, different law enforcement agencies working together is at an all-time high right now. One of the main missions officers have is keeping heroin out of the Quad Cities.

 

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