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Amid rising concern about overdoses, Boston police seize 600-gram heroin cache

Drugs and cash seized from the Roxbury home
Drugs and cash seized from the Roxbury homeBoston Police Photo

Boston police say they seized 600 grams of heroin and arrested one man after a search Wednesday of an address on Washington Street in Roxbury.

A law enforcement official briefed on the case said the seized drugs were valued at more than $100,000.

The officers executed a search warrant at 3037 Washington St. at about 7:39 p.m. Wednesday, police said in a statement.

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“This is a significant bust in that it sends a strong, clear message to those dealing drugs in our neighborhoods that if you choose to deal drugs in our city, we will find you and effectively prosecute you,” Police Superintendent Robert Merner said in the statement.

The seizure comes at a time of increased concern about heroin after a spike of fatal and nonfatal heroin overdoses. Though hard statistics on recent overdoses are not available, State Police have said that in just about every county in the state, there has been an increase in overdoses in recent weeks.

The Roxbury search also recovered more than 50 grams of cocaine, more than $8,000 in cash, and various drug paraphernalia, including scales, scissors, razor blades, and plastic baggies, police said.

The 22-year-old Boston man who was arrested faces charges of trafficking Class A (heroin) and Class B (cocaine) drugs, police said.

More arrests could be made in the case, the statement said.

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