The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office says they’ve arrested 15 suspects as part of a major heroin bust. Sheriff Jack Strain says an extensive 14 month investigation resulted in arrests in both St. Tammany and Tangiaphoa Parishes.
"We've been able impact the heroin trade in the entire region," Strain said.
Strain says their work is not done, as they have additional arrest warrants out for 12 other individuals. He says the fight against heroin use is something all law enforcement agencies around the state are battling.
"It's such a cheap drug, it's readily available and many times tied to prescription drugs," Strain said.
That means individuals addicted to prescription painkillers are turning to heroin.