Heroin seizures rise in Lafayette Parish - KLFY News 10

Heroin seizures rise in Lafayette Parish

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The Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force says they have never taken more heroin off a single person than after raiding Michael Katter's Lafayette residence, last week.

"This was you know something we don't normally see not in those amounts at least," says John Babin, head of the Task Force.

Babin says the 41 grams of heroin seized at the 100 block of Hill St. brought this year's total to 179 grams of heroin seized in Lafayette Parish—a number he says that far outpaces the last 3 years.

"2010, 11 we didn't seize any heroin and then we have this huge spike. Now is it a trend? Possibly. We'll have to wait and see," says Babin.

In the past 7 years, the total amount of heroin seized by the Task Force hasn't surpassed 8 grams, and according to authorities, if you add up all the heroin seized between 2006 and 2012, it would only amount to about 14 percent of the amount seized in 2013.

William "Beau" Clark, East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner, says it's not surprising Lafayette Parish has seen such an increase in heroin seizures this year.

"We've had almost 20 deaths," says Clark.

Clark says  he will be asking state legislators to get tougher on those convicted of possessing a Schedule 1 Narcotic.

"I'm certainly not saying we should go back to mandatory life imprisonment, but certainly I think the minimum sentence of years is maybe too little," says Clark.

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