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Schumer wants heroin enforcement team brought to New York

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-18 14:01:54-04

“It’s time for a DEA A-Team to zero in on New York’s heroin epidemic.”

On Sunday afternoon Senator Charles Schumer will meet with the DEA in New York City, expressing the need for agents, in the form of a new heroin enforcement team, to fight the continued heroin epidemic across New York State.

The senator helped secure millions for this project in last year's budget, his office said.

The groups would specifically work to counteract heroin trafficking and eliminate its availability statewide.

 

Schumer also says recent numbers of heroin busts, overdoses, heavy local drug enforcement costs, as well as a heroin death rate increase of 30 percent in 2015, show the demand for federal resources is needed.