Heroin linked to several coast arrests

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County deputies arrested Phillip Albert, 31, and Mayme Standridge, 35, for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Officials said they conducted a search on a home where they found the heroin. They are also facing charges for possession of amphetamine. Five children were taken into protective custody from the home.

In a separate incident, the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement team arrested Corey Horne, 29, and Christina Wilkins, 31, after a controlled traffic stop. Agents say they found 15 grams of heroine packaged for distribution in the vehicle.

Heroin use has been on the rise nationwide, according to US Attorney General Eric Holder. Some experts point to the national crackdown on prescription pill abuse as a possible reason, with many prescription abusers shifting over to heroine use.

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