Twin Cities has the cheapest and strongest heroin in the country, officials say [PHOTO]

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Officials displayed samples of the drugs they're finding on Twin Cities streets during today's news conference.
Heroin is a bigger problem than ever in the Twin Cities, and especially in Hennepin County, law enforcement officials said at a news conference today.

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At the newser, a doctor said there were four heroin-related deaths reported in Hennepin County in 2008. Last year, that number shot up to 37, and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said the county is on pace to set a new record this year.

Stanek also said the heroin he's seeing these days in Hennepin County is the cheapest and strongest in the country, a combination he characterized as particularly deadly.

His comments reiterated what law enforcement officials said at a similar news conference last year. Then, they referenced an analysis showing that some heroin found on Twin Cities' streets was up to 93 percent pure, whereas typical American street heroin has a purity of about 35 percent.

"A heroin user in the Twin Cities has a greater chance of accidental overdose because the purity of that heroin is so high," Stanek said during that news conference.

At today's newser, officials pointed out the role prescription drugs play as a gateway to heroin. According to the Star Tribune, data showed that heroin and prescription drug abuse in the Twin Cities reached an all-time high last year. The two accounted for 21 percent of all addiction treatments in the state, with only alcohol abuse accounting for a higher share.

In April, members of the Dakota County Drug Task Force announced that officers made the largest heroin bust in county history when they stumbled across 2.6 pounds tucked inside a car outside an apartment building.

Last summer, MPR reported that most of the heroin on Twin Cities streets comes from Mexico. In the report, Jerry Edblad, a lieutenant with the St. Cloud Police Department, shared this theory about why the stuff coming into MSP is so pure.

"We're pretty confident that they've been instructed -- those that are selling it -- not to do any cutting with it, meaning mix other chemicals in and try and get a bigger bang for the amount," he said. "That is probably because they are creating a user base in this region of high-potency, very inexpensive heroin. And once they have that user base set up, of course they'll cut it down, double their profits and raise the price."

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orangevening1
orangevening1

What is wierd/different about Minneapolis is there are no open are drug markets like other cities. Think it would be hard to find customers/dealers.

ryan.w.schmidt
ryan.w.schmidt

MPR reported that most of the heroin on Twin Cities streets comes from Mexico.

^^^ Highly unlikely seeing over 90% of the world's Heroin in manufactured in Afgan regions according to the U.N. reports.

Plus, why would suppliers want people to OD and die? That means less returning customers. The reasons of putting more pure Heroin in the streets isn't a cartel boss. It's more than likely they aren't usual users of Heroin, more than likely they're new users.

Matthew Ziegler
Matthew Ziegler

wow. western u.s. is all tar h, eastern u.s. is all powder h, but the twin cities are central enough to enjoy the best of both worlds! you could roll some tar in some powder and make a little heroin truffle.

Melissa Mj
Melissa Mj

"We don't care if you do heroin, just don't do it in our parks!"

Adam Wogen
Adam Wogen

First came the news that we have the best parks in the country, now the best heroin quality AND prices? What a great place to live!

Lindsay Ronning
Lindsay Ronning

well, we are first in just about everything else. (jokes)

orangevening1
orangevening1

Umm, do alittle research first. The stuff here is from Mexico. Yes 90% of world heroin is from Afgan region. But almost all of that is going to Europe and Asia. East Coast of US might see some of that, but most of their stuff is from Colombia. US West Coast and Midwest black tar heroin is from Mexico period.

Suppliers don't want customers to die. People who OD are usually users that have been clean for a time, lose tolerance, than think they can do old ammount. Very hard and rare for regular user to OD.

kennyX
kennyX

@Lindsay RonningĀ  But this is the only one we should be proud of!

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