Sumter Police and Deputies arrested 18 people in a citywide Heroin sting and are now searching for one more suspect.
Sumter Police and Deputies arrested 18 people in a citywide heroin sting and are now searching for one more suspect.
"It has an impact on quality of life of our entire community," Sumter Police Chief Russell Roarke said.
More than 40,000 people call Sumter home, and Roarke says the bust is making the city better.
"After receiving the information, identifying several suspects, city officers began to make buys across the city," Roarke said.
With assistance from the Sheriff's Office and the DEA, Sumter Police made 14 arrests. Four other suspects turned themselves in between Friday and Monday morning.
But one suspect is still out there.
"All of the individuals have been arrested we had a misidentification on one by name and we're seeking him at this time," Roarke said.
Roarke said heroin is making a comeback on the streets of Sumter, and Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said the drugs aren't just affecting the user.
"We're noticing this uptick and we think it's partially because the difficulty for others to find illegal pills and are using heroin as a substitute drug for that. It's cheap, it's readily available," Roarke said.
"Addicts when they use the syringes they don't care about the use of it and a lot of diseases are transferred one to the other," Dennis said.
Although law enforcement officers made a sizable bust, there could be more to the story.
"I will say that this does not close the chapter nor does it close the book on us continuing to pursue those individuals involved in illegal activities," Roarke said, "We very well may in fact continue to work other cases that has come off of this case in the future."
Officers recovered 11 grams of crack cocaine, 27 grams of cocaine, 7 grams of heroin, 15 grams of marijuana and almost $10,000 in cash.