Annapolis continues to combat growing heroin problem

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop is trying to make an impact on the drug problem in his city.

Proof of that is the arrest of Renardo Green last night on four counts of dealing heroin. Green is one of eight arrests made since the chief announced a multi-agency drug initiative last week that has been going on in the city with the help of the state police and other county agencies.

Pristoop said heroin has become a problem in his city and in our region.

“Heroin is a lot cheaper, it has a bigger impact on the user,” he said. “It's an economic issue and a supply and demand matter.”

Over the past month the heroin task force undercover officers have made close to 50 buys of nearly 100 grams of heroin. Annapolis police are looking for their ninth suspect, 20-year-old Vernon Johnson of Annapolis.

Pristoop says the Annapolis police department's mission isn't complete yet.

“It's not the end of it,” he said. “We don't expect to break the champagne now and say that we've solved everything, we know we haven't. We know Annapolis is a great city and we want to do our part to keep it that way and we want to discourage illegal drug activity with people coming into the city of Annapolis or selling drugs and I think this made a big impact.

Since the beginning of the year Annapolis has had 25 non-fatal heroin drug overdoses. Since this new drug initiative began and they have made more arrest, the city has had one.