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Authorities: Heroin cases quadrupled this year in some counties

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Eight grams of heroin seized by the task force in a bust. Eight grams of heroin seized by the task force in a bust.
Items seized by the task force in a bust. Items seized by the task force in a bust.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two people are behind bars in Nelson County after authorities seized pills, marijuana, guns, scales and about eight grams of heroin from their home.

Jesse Layne French, 26, and his fiancé, Shannon Marie Kays, 35, were arrested Monday.

The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force along with the Bardstown Police Department and the Nelson County Sheriff's Office made the bust.

"With heroin cases, we try to address that immediately," said task force director Ron Eckart. The task force covers cases in Hardin, Nelson, LaRue, Hart and Grayson Counties.

Eckart says his data shows the task force handled eight heroin cases in 2013. That number jumped to 35 this year.

"Starting around July we started seeing a major increase of heroin coming down here," he said.

He refers to heroin, crystal meth and cocaine as the 'big three.' He estimates cocaine cases have doubled in 2014. All of it has led to a record setting year.

"Oh, it's concerning," Eckart said. "If you look at our numbers from 2013, we opened 970 cases. This year to date we've opened more than 1200 cases."

Cases involving marijuana in 2014 saw a decrease from 2013, but Eckart says that's only because a major bust last year netted more than 900 pounds of the drug. He calls this year's number of about 100 pounds 'average.'

But Eckart says he doesn't see a break in the battle against drugs, especially in the new fight against heroin.

"It's really picked up and will probably continue to do so," he said.

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