Three people are in Franklin County Regional Jail after sheriff’s deputies arrested them Thursday on heroin charges.
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said the heroin seized from a Centennial Drive apartment would have been enough to supply about 90 people with a bindle — a tenth of a gram — each. Melton said a bindle sells for about $30, making the heroin worth nearly $2,800.
“It’s a significant amount,” Melton said.
Deputies arrested Paul Jackson, 28, and Cedric Winters, 35, both of Detroit, and Heather Burton, 25, of Frankfort.
All three are charged with trafficking in more than 2 grams of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Melton said the apartment, 206 Centennial Drive, No. 2, had been under surveillance as a part of an ongoing investigation.
When Jackson and Burton got into a rented 2013 Ford Explorer and drove away, deputies stopped them, Melton said.
The SUV had several bullet holes and accident damage to the right front side, Melton said. Jackson told deputies he was shot in the shoulder and the vehicle was damaged during an incident in Detroit, but he wouldn’t go into detail about it, Melton said.
Jackson and Burton were arrested at the scene.
“Mr. Jackson is one of the major heroin dealers,” Melton said. “He’s one of the upper level heroin dealers in our community.”
A search warrant was executed for the apartment, where deputies recovered the heroin and several hundred dollars in cash, Melton said. Winters was arrested at the apartment.
Jackson is also charged with possession of marijuana and Xanax and was served a bench warrant for failure to appear in court.
Burton is also charged with operating on a suspended license.
“What makes it so important is we had between eight and 10 overdoses last year … it’s killing our people,” Melton said of the growing heroin problem in Franklin County.
“Franklin County is a better place today because of the work done by the sheriff’s deputies.”
All three are lodged in Franklin County Regional Jail. Jackson is held on a $20,300 bond, Winters is held on a $10,200 bond and Burton is held on a $10,400 bond.
All three are scheduled to appear in court Monday.