$23,000 Worth of Heroin Seized in Family Neighborhood


by Courtney Francisco
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MINT HILL, NC -- The Charlotte area has been among the top five U.S. cities for black tar heroin for the past several years.

Now, police in Mint Hill are dealing with the problem on their streets.

Friday, teams raided a home, seizing more than $23,000 worth of the drug.
"That's absolutely crazy," said Amanda Devereaux. She rode past her neighbor's home as police searched it Friday.
"We moved to this neighborhood thinking it was a good, safe place for my daughter," said Devereaux. "Come to find that out, it's mind blowing."
Police investigated the home for a month before the bust. They arrested Kent Hayes, Donald Maechtle, Alex Reyes, and Jose Sanchez.
Detective K. Mickovic explains the drug plagues all walks of life. He says overdose numbers are rising more quickly than ever before.
"There are certainly teenagers that would maybe make the comment that this is more readily available to them on the streets than maybe alcohol," said Det. Mickovic.
Black tar heroin is popular because it's supposedly the most potent and cheapest type of heroin out there. Police say it comes to the U.S. through a hierarchy of drug cartels. 
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