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Mont. Co. Sheriff getting into the community to try and right the opioid epidemic

Mont. Co. Sheriff getting into the community to try and right the opioid epidemic (WKEF/WRGT)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The heroin epidemic continues to grow, with the death toll rising each week.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is getting out in the community to educate people on the dire situation.

At a town hall Wednesday night, authorities said the situation is only getting worse as the cartels move into the area.

“Our coroner says, across the state, we are going to lose 10,000 people,” Sheriff Phil Plummer said.

Since the start of the year, 411 people have died from suspected overdoses in Montgomery County alone, including 7 accidental overdoses over the weekend.

The sheriff’s office said drugs like fentanyl are being trafficked into the region from the cartels, which Captain Mike Brem said is a $65 billion racket.

“If you make more than Walmart, which the cartels do,” he said, “that’s what goes across our borders each year.”

With the Miami Valley becoming another home for 2 active cartels, this is what law enforcement is hearing from the Cartel members living in the region.

“I googled the safest place to live and it said Centerville, so I built my house,” Capt. Brem recounted, “I googled the safest place to live and it said Oakwood.”

“It’s hard to tell who’s who, ‘cause they are very good at what they do,” Sheriff Plummer said.

Sheriff Plummer said education will ultimately be their undoing as the masses become informed.

“Unfortunately, we’ve become a sore city,” he said,” which means it comes straight from Mexico to Dayton, Ohio. That’s why we get out to these town halls and educate the public on the dangers of this stuff.”

He told FOX 45 the department is doing all they can to get out into the community, including putting on the town halls as often as possible.

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