Akron’s police chief has formed a unit to target heroin dealers for possible murder charges in cases of fatal overdoses.
Chief James Nice says two detectives will be assigned to the unit and will seize cellphones, execute search warrants and try to determine the source of the drug whenever an overdose occurs.
Nice told WEWS-TV on Tuesday it’s despicable that people are selling heroin knowing that addicts are dying left and right.
The chief estimates that Akron experiences at least two heroin overdoses a week. Nice says building murder cases against dealers could be tough but he believes Ohio law would support such charges.
His move comes as police around the state grapple with a growing number of heroin-related crimes and overdoses.