Four Arrested for Opium in Jackson County

Reported by: Brittany Shaw

Edited by: Brittany Shaw
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Updated: 3/19/2013 2:24 pm

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips has been in law enforcement since 1982 and says he's never been part of an Opium arrest until now.

"It's the first time we've ever gotten any type Opium or Heroin in Jackson County, especially this much," the Sheriff says.

Known as Black Tar on the street, and sometimes combined with synthetic drugs to make heroin, the amount of Opium they found is so much that DEA may get involved on the federal level.

"This type drug is in the larger cities and maybe it's just trickling down to the rural areas. I don't know. I hope not. I hope we don't have to put up with that like we have the meth problem," says Phillips.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says two men and two women were arrested.

"We found about five ounces of Opium or what we believe is Opium it field tested for Opium, a small amount of Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia," Harnen says.

Harnen says Opium trafficking - in any form- is previously unheard of in Jackson County.

"The Opium is very unusual. We find a lot of meth around here, a lot of marijuana a lot of spice but the Opium this is the first time we've had it since I've been here," Harnen says.

Chief Harnen says he thinks - and hopes - the Opium bust is a one-time event, but offers tips for noticing the signs of the addictive drug:

"It gives them a big euphoria at first then they get very tired when it's over with, toward the end of it," Harnen says.

Sheriff Phillips says they'll continue to investigate where the Opium may have come from.

"You can't grow it around here. It comes from overseas, South America, those kind of places. I have no idea how they got it in here or where it came from," Phillips says.

But Harnen says the Narcotics division is quickly learning more about what to look for.

"I hope we don't see anymore but if it's out there we're gonna get it," Harnen says.

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