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Pike County sheriff warns of laced heroin 'hotshots'

Posted at 4:18 PM, Jun 26, 2017

WAVERLY, Ohio -- The Pike County Sheriff's Office warned Monday that gang members may be planning on "taking out" snitches and spreading heroin doses intended to cause overdoses.

Authorities believe that members of the gangs MS-13 or Konvicted Family intend to spread "hotshots" of laced heroin, according to the safety alert posted by Sheriff Charles Reader.

The heroin "could cause an extremely large amount of overdoses in Pike County and surrounding counties," the sheriff wrote.

Authorities released the safety alert based on information gathered by deputies in recent drug-related investigations, according to Reader.

Sheriff Reader said the MS-13 investigation is a “completely separate investigation" from the Rhoden family murders of April 2016.