Police hope for drop in overdoses after suspected heroin dealer arrested

Police hope for drop in overdoses after suspected heroin dealer arrested. (WWMT/Cyrus Raymond)

Police think the man responsible for a spike in heroin overdoses across Kalamazoo County was arrested on Tuesday.

Police said they caught the 23-year-old man in the act of selling heroin to someone.

The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team searched an apartment at Concord Place in Oshtemo where they said a large amount of heroin, money and marijuana was discovered.

KVET said the search was connected to a 23-year-old dealer who was arrested and taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail. Police hope his arrest will help put an end to a spike in heroin overdoses in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said, “The supply is readily available it's coming in more often it comes from places far out reaching Kalamazoo."

Fuller was not involved in this arrest, but thinks it could be connected to an overdose he witnessed back in May while he was having dinner at a local Qdoba.

He called for help and two people received overdose-reversing drugs.

Fuller said, “That night there we realized one of the players was somebody who was seen five days earlier where Narcan had to be used on that person."

An investigation was launched to find the supplier.

Fuller said, "We started talking to the Medical Examiner’s Office, we started talking to the Medical Control Authority and all of the area law enforcement agencies to the point where they were honing in on certain people."

According to a news release, the man was arrested Tuesday for delivery of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and maintaining a drug house.

Fuller said, "It's really important that when we are able to find somebody involved in this that we take them and go to the next person who is there supplier and their supplier.”

Fuller mentioned his department is working on getting an app that would allow them to track heroin overdoses that emergency crews are responding where they hope to find patterns.

All local departments would have access to the app and they hope to get it by the end of the summer.