The latest haul was two million dollars worth of heroin in hidden compartments of a truck stopped on 59. Busts like this used to be rare, but not anymore says Lt. Brian Baker with Rosenberg police.
"Everyone knows 59 is a major drug corridor.. If you remember we actually had a bust earlier this month on a traffic stop which nabbed 25 pounds of heroin with a street value of 2.3 million was found." he said.
It's on it's way up from Mexico.. but how much of it is staying here?... and how much of it is passing through? addiction counselor Roy Ortega with Cenikor says it's to early to tell..
"The streets could be flooded right now but if it's hitting today we'll probably see and effect in December, January something like that.
Addiction specialists say the northeast has seen an increase in the number of heroin addicts. Why? Well there has been a big crackdown on pill mills and a number of doctors who have been supplying the pills have been put behind bars. So what's the connection? Well, prescription pills are getting more and more expensive sometimes 35 dollars a pill if you can get them. A heroin high is about five bucks.. And because the highs are similar when a lot of prescription pill addicts can't get their pills they turn to heroin. Recovering addict Michael Erwin should know. That's what happened to him. He also knows that dealers know that too..
"It's not quite as potent but cheaper so they can afford to get people from all socioeconomic backgrounds basically introduced to this for almost nothing and once they do they have you they have a customer for life."