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BARDSTOWN CHIEF: Heroin traffickers and addicts should be held accountable

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BARDSTOWN, Ky (WDRB) -- Some area police want stricter penalties for crimes involving heroin.

Bardstown Police Chief Col. Rick McCubbin believes both the traffickers and the addicts need to be held accountable.

"We looked at this about a year ago when it was first starting to become an issue," McCubbin told WDRB.

McCubbin believes when someone overdoses on heroin, they should be taken to jail -- not to serve a sentence, but to receive help.

"Sometimes that's what gets these folks help. You've got to get them in the system. If we just turn a blind eye to who takes the overdose, a lot of time they're not going to go on their own," he said.

He says in some cases, it could just be a public intoxication charge or a possession charge.

"Even if we charge them with something that minor, it gets them in the courts and we explain in our probable cause statement what has occurred and what we're pushing for is for the courts to order them to go get help," McCubbin said.

Just this week, Bardstown Police, along with the Hardin County Drug Task Force, made a large pot bust which will be presented to a grand jury next week.

But Capt.Tom Roby says there seems to be a misconception. Residents asked, "Why are resources being used for marijuana when they should be used for heroin?"

He says resources are being used for every drug.

"We follow every drug complaint and tip," Roby told WDRB.

He says they want to get all illegal drugs off the streets -- especially heroin.

"Nelson County recently became a HIDTA county, which is high-intensity drug trafficking area," Roby said. "It is a plague in Bardstown and it's not uncommon for us to make weekly arrests for heroin. We've doubled down, ever since Officer Jason Ellis was murdered. He was our only K9 officer. We had plans to expand it prior to his death, but now we have two K9s."

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