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Salina Police Seize Heroin Made From Morphine Pills

By: Parrish Alleman Email
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Salina police work two drug busts in two days.

Salina's drug task forced searched two houses Monday and Tuesday and arrested these three people: Garry Jelken, Marilyn Jelken and Dewayne Wolfe.

They found prescription pills inside both homes. They say some of the pills were being used to make something much worse.

Neighbors in the 800 block of Gypsum Avenue tell us they see a lot of drug deals go down at one of the houses.

"My kids told me, 'Oh there's a drug deal, there's a drug deal,” Charles Zimmerman said.

"We don't need that stuff in our neighborhood and we want our neighborhood back,” Jim Brown said.

After getting calls from several neighbors, police searched the house.

"We found prescription pills. Many, many different types of different prescription pills,” Lt. Jim Norton with Salina Police Drug Task Force said.

Their investigation led them to a second house on north 12th street where they found more pills, mainly morphine. This time, they say they found evidence that some of the morphine was being used to make heroin.

"What's most concerning to us is that it's heroin. We don't deal with heroin very often. It's a very, very addictive drug,” Lt. Norton said.

“To have it right here in your hometown. That's scary. That really is scary,” Lt. Norton said.

Lt. Jim Norton say morphine is widely available in Salina, so they see it a lot. Now, they're afraid they're going to start seeing more heroin too.

"The morphine is very concerning to us that it's being turned into heroin,” Lt. Norton said.

It was calls from neighbors that helped police uncover the new drug problem. So, they say if you see any kind of drug activity in your neighborhood, pick up the phone right away.

The three people arrested between the two cases have all been booked into the Saline County Jail and they're all facing drug charges.


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