Heroin is making a comeback in the Panhandle & law enforcement agencies are working to keep it out

By Larissa Scott | lscott@wmbb.com

Published 07/25 2016 11:59PM

Updated 07/25 2016 11:59PM

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Heroin, the dangerously addicting drug, known to quickly grab hold to its user, is making a comeback.
Panhandle law enforcement agencies said they've seen more heroin in recent months, than they have in years. 
 
The Panama City Police Department recently arrested 25-year-old Aaron Blake Wieland for trafficking in multiple drugs, including 13.8 grams of heroin--the largest amount PCPD has seen in the city in a long time. 
 
However, officers are patrolling the streets to make sure heroin drug busts don't become the norm. 
 
"We're trying to take a proactive approach, working with members of the community in order to identify the people who are bringing this stuff into the city. In order to take enforcement action prior to it getting out onto the street," said Panama City Police Department Street Crimes Unit Sergeant Christopher Edmundson.
 
Police said they want to keep the drug outside of city limits and to stay ahead of the curve. 
 
"We're working and meeting with a lot of neighborhood groups around here, lead coalition stuff such as that to try to stay ahead of these problems, before we get to a point where we can't contain or handle them," said Edmundson.
 
Aaron Blake Wieland's drug trafficking case holds a minimum combined 21 year sentence. The case is still under investigation. If you have any information, contact PCPD at 872-3112 or leave an anonymous tip with CrimeStoppers at 785-TIPS.
 

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