Meth and heroin cases on the rise in northern Michigan
Meth and heroin are two drugs that officers are keeping a close eye on as they've seen a spike in cases in just the past few months.
Police agencies, such as the Traverse Narcotics Team, are seeing numbers like they haven't seen in years.
Last year the TNT, which covers eight counties in the northwestern Lower Peninsula, saw 52 meth incidents, which includes dump sites, meth components and labs.
Officers say more people are learning how to make meth. If the trend continues 2014 will see even more meth cases.
The ramifications for us in the law enforcement community as well as for all of our citizens in the communities here in northwestern lower Michigan are pretty serious if we don't continue to engage in this battle with these drugs, said Michigan State Police Lt. Kip Belcher.
It's causing us concern. We're working really close with our narcotics team to make sure that we're doing everything we can and to take care of these situations, said Captain Randy Fewless from the Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office.
Officers say there are clues to find out if someone in your neighborhood is making or distributing drugs. Keep a watchful eye and if you see anything out of the ordinary, such as unfamiliar cars coming and going from the house, call police.
Officers say making meth is a dangerous operation and not only affects those living in the house but could affect neighbors if there's an explosion or fire.