By VAN HOLLAND
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Law enforcement made another heroin arrest Wednesday when they nabbed a Pinetops woman heading back into the county from Scotland Neck.
According to a press release, after receiving information, the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit along with a Tarboro Narcotics officer, sat patiently and waited for 35-year-old Porsha Lee Lassiter to enter Edgecombe County. As she did, they stopped the vehicle she was traveling in.
When law enforcement received permission to search the vehicle, they found 30 bindles of heroin inside worth a street value of $300.
"I want to commend the officers involved in this case for their hard work," Sheriff James Knight said. "We are continuing to working as a team with Tarboro. They are working non-stop to stop the influx of heroin on the streets of Edgecombe County."
Lassiter, of 246 Warwick Drive, Pinetops, was charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver heroin. She was placed in Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.
"Heroin use and sales have been on the rise over the past year," Knight said. "This is directly related to the abuse of prescription drugs."
According to reports, people who use prescription drugs and become more addicted as the use grows, are turning to heroin as an alternative.
Heroin is a cheaper alternative, but users become more dependent on the drug and they have to have more because smaller amounts aren't keeping them high. When amounts increase, that's when people are overdosing on the opiates or heroin. The sheriff's office has responded to 13 overdose calls in the past six months.
Because of the growing problem, the sheriff's office is teaming with Operation Medicine Drop Saturday at five separate locations where people can turn in unused or outdated medicines.
The drop-off places are Wal Mart, Piggly Wiggly in Pinetops, OIC Center in Rocky Mount, West Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Department and Whitakers Volunteer Fire Department and they will be taking the medicines from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
If you have any questions or have medicine you would like to dispose of and can't get to these locations then you can contact the sheriff's department and they will send a deputy to your location to pick up the drugs and dispose of them properly. Just contact the sheriff's department at 641-7911.