Akron police target heroin dealers


AKRON -- Akron's police chief has formed a unit to target heroin dealers for possible murder charges in cases of fatal overdoses.

Chief James Nice says two detectives will be assigned to the unit and will seize cell phones, execute search warrants and try to determine the source of the drug whenever an overdose occurs.

The chief estimates that Akron experiences at least two heroin overdoses a week. Nice says building murder cases against dealers could be tough but he believes Ohio law would support such charges.

His move comes as police around the state grapple with a growing number of heroin-related crimes and overdoses.

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