After a Wabash man was sentenced in Kosciusko County courts last week to 20 years for possession of and dealing heroin, area law enforcement officials say they aim to crack down on heroin abuse.
Douglas Blaine Jordan, 26, Wabash, was initially arrested Feb. 24 after police made a traffic stop on the vehicle he was traveling in and discovered 18 individual bags of heroin, weighing approximately 8 grams total.
Narcotics officers indicated that Jordan and his girlfriend, Meagan Martens, 24, Wabash, who was also arrested, were significant suppliers of heroin in the Kosciusko and Wabash County areas.
“Heroin arrests are becoming more common as we continue to be aggressive on methamphetamine arrests,” Warsaw Police Department Lt. Kip Shuter said, “because that is the next most available drug and fairly cheap to get.”
Jordan was sentenced June 3 to 20 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with 252 days credit for dealing in a narcotic drug, a Class A felony.
Martens is currently enrolled in the drug court program and has no court appearances scheduled.
Shuter said heroin abuse has become more common in the Kosciusko community through recent years and there have been a few heroin arrests in the past few months.
“We just want people to know that we are going to aggressively pursue (heroin) abuse like we do methamphetamine (abuse),” he said. “Heroin is a dangerous drug and we don’t want it.”
Any drug tips can be called into the Warsaw Police Department at 574-372-9540.