Five people are accused of corruption and heroin offenses in direct connection with overdoses in Hamilton County, including a near-fatal overdose in the jail.
The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition Task Force announced the indictments on Wednesday afternoon. The group investigates overdose cases, near-death or fatal – and tracks them back to people suspected of supplying the heroin or fentanyl to the victim.
Those indicted are:
The Hamilton County Heroin Coalition Task Force was created last year by the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police with investigators from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Cincinnati Police, Norwood Police, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The task force work is one part of a multi-pronged effort by the coalition to address the heroin epidemic. Norwood Police Lt. Tom Fallon, investigative commander of the force, noted that the coalition includes partners such as the Addiction Services Council of Cincinnati, which addresses another area of need: treatment.
"We have those resources to get people into the help they need," Fallon said. "You do get some satisfaction knowing you got someone help."
The task force cases numbered nine non-fatal and 53 suspected heroin or fentanyl fatal overdoses in 2015. So far this year the force has worked on 12 non-fatal overdoses and 34 suspected heroin or fentanyl overdose death investigations, with the Hamilton County coroner's assistance.
The cases can be difficult, Fallon said, adding, "We are trying to make a difference one case at a time."
Published by Cincinnati.com