FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A heroin epidemic is what one law enforcement agency says it's fighting.
Now, a dent in that epidemic was made following the recent heroin trafficking arrest that was the conclusion of a multi-agency investigation between the Florence County Sheriff's Office, the FBI and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.
Deputies said Kenneth Generette was found with 97 grams of heroin and $2,800 in cash.
The suspect was arrested Oct. 4 in the city of Loris while out on bond from previous charges of trafficking heroin in Florence County, according to law enforcement.
One Florence deputy is part of the FBI violent crimes task force, a connection that led him and narcotics investigators to Generette. Nunn explained it's a force multiplier when you can team up. "Any time you can get a trafficker off the street, then you reduce the supply of the drugs out there," said FCSO Maj. Mike Nunn. "Now we are not naive to believe that there won't be someone else to take his place. There will be, but it shows an ongoing effort on our part. That's why it's so helpful to have these federal contacts to go across jurisdictional lines and use those assets to make these arrests."
With a recent heroin overdose spike, the FCSO's No. 1 goal, Nunn said is, to "try to get them to stop pushing this poison on our citizens."
"They are showing up in the emergency rooms with overdoses. Some are dying," Nunn said. "It's truly a plague in certain areas, and we are doing our best to try and bring as much attention to that as we possibly can."
It's not just in certain areas. According to Nunn, it is all over the county.
"No area in the county is immune and we have instances from all over," he said. "There seems to be a fair concentration of more incidents in the lower part of the county, in the Johnsonville, Lake City area."
Generette is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals and being held at the Dillon County Detention Center. There is no word yet on whether a bond has been set.