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Investigating The Opioid Epidemic From It’s ‘Epicenter’ | MSNBC

December 22, 2019


>>>THE STATE OF OHIO HAS BECOME
GROUND ZERO FOR AMERICA’S OVERDOSE CRISIS.
KILLING MORE PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAN EVER BEFORE.
AS YOU MIGHT KNOW, THE STATE’S ATTORNEY GENERAL IS SUING FIVE
PRESCRIPTION OPIOID MANUFACTURERS FOR THEIR ROLES IN
THE DEATH. JACOB SOBOROFF HAS BEEN LOOKING
INTO THIS WITH HIS NEW SERIES ONE NATION OVERDOSED.
HE JOINS US NOW FOR PART TWO. YOU’RE LOOKING AT HOW POLICE ARE
TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON ALL OF THIS.
>>ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINES TARGETS AND STARTED THIS IN THE
CRISIS WE SEE TODAY. BUT STOPPING WHAT THE LOCAL
CORONER CALLS A MASS CASUALTY EVENT.
NOT ABOUT PAIN PILLS TODAY. BUT A DRUG THAT LOCAL COPS ARE
TRYING TO TAKE OFF THE STREETS. THIS IS THE EPICENTER OF
AMERICA’S OPIOID CRISIS. I’M ON A RAID WITH THE TASK
FORCE DEDICATED TO STOPPING THE TRAFFICKING OF HEROIN AND
FENTANYL WHICH IS KILLING MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE.
>>HERE WE GO! >>PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR
BACK. >>THEY JUST TOOK HIM DOWN.
THEY JUST DID A CONTROL AND RIGHT HERE.
>>IN WHAT LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY IS THE OVERDOSE CAPITAL OF
AMERICA, THIS IS A NORMAL WEEKDAY MORNING FOR MONTGOMERY
COUNTY SHERIFF CAPTAIN MIKE BREM.
>>WHAT JUST WENT DOWN HERE? >>WE DID A COLD CALL ON A GUY
SELLING HEROIN. BASICALLY A BUY BEST.
>>DO WE KNOW IF IT WAS HEROIN OR FENTANYL?
>>WE FIELD TESTED AND MOST LIKELY IT IS FENTANYL.
>>LET ME TAKE A LOOK AT IT, IF I CAN.
>>SOMEBODY IS CALLING HIM RIGHT NOW.
>>YEAH. IT’S BEEN BLOWING UP.
>>YOU THINK THAT COULD BE ANOTHER DEAL TRYING TO GO
THROUGH? >>GOOD CHANCE.
>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DEATHS THAT ARE HAPPENING ON THE STREET
TODAY, CAN YOU TRACE THAT BACK TO DEALS LIKE THIS THAT HAP ON
THE STREET LEVEL? >>OH, YEAH.
THIS IS THE STREET LEVEL DOPE THAT IS KILLING PEOPLE.
THIS IS THE DAY-TO-DAY STUFF THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THE
MORGUE FOR. >>WHILE STREET LEVEL DEALERS
MAY SEEM LIKE INDEPENDENT OPERATORS, PART OF A GLOBAL
CRIME RING. CHINA IS THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF
FENTANYL IN THE UNITED STATES AND MOST IS SHIPPED ACROSS THE
BORDER BY DRUG CARTELS. THEY PICKED MONTGOMERY COUNTY
BECAUSE RUNNING THROUGH IT ARE INTERSTATE 70 AND 75.
WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT CALLS THE CROSS ROADS OF AMERICA FOR DRUG
TRAFFICKING. >>CLEAR.
>>ALL DAY LONG ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR, CAPTAIN BREM’S
TEAM LOOKS TO CATCH SMALL-TIME DEALERS, MAKE THEM TURN ON
BIGGER DEALERS AND ULTIMATELY THE CARTEL THAT SUPPLIES THEM.
AFTER A FEW MORE HOURS ON TODAY’S HUNT, SNAGGED A
MID-LEVEL DEAL. >>YOU PICKED UP THIS GUY AND
NOW HEADED TO WHAT WE THINK MIGHT BE HIS HOUSE.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO FIND THERE?
>>WE HOPE SEVERAL MORE OUNCES OF FENTANYL INSIDE THE HOUSE.
>>SEVERAL MORE OUNCES. >>YEAH.
WE’RE GETTING THE SEARCH WARRANT SIGNED NOW AND THEN HAVE THE
ENTRY TEAM LOAD UP AND GO SERVE THE WARRANT.
>>OVER 12 HOURS SINCE WE FIRST SHOWED UP AT THIS BUILDING FOR
OUR FIRST BRIEFING. JUST HAD ANOTHER BRIEFING AND
ABOUT TO GO ON OUR THIRD BUST. ALL PILING IN ON THIS THING.
RAPID DEPLOYMENT VEHICLE. THERE WE GO.
THIS LOOKS MUCH MORE SERIOUS THAN WHAT I’VE SEEN EARLIER
TODAY. >>DEFINITELY.
JUST THE RISK IS A LITTLE MORE. GOING INTO A HOUSE WE DON’T
KNOW. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE HERE
THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE DAY?
>>30 SECONDS. >>THERE’S THE HOUSE.
>>OPEN THE DOOR! >>JUST RAIDED THE HOUSE.
THEY’RE INSIDE THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW.
>>YOU SEE ANY NARCOTICS YET? >>THERE ARE NARCOTICS.
>>DO YOU MIND EXPLAINING TAME WHY WE HAVE TO PUT THESE MASKS
ON? >>YOU BREATHE IT IN, YOU CAN
DIE. >>IT WAS A BIG LOAD.
NEARLY A POUND OF FENTANYL. >>YIKES.
>>ENOUGH FOR THOUSANDS OF DEADLY DOSES.
>>WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO SEEING THIS?
>>THIS IS A GOOD DAY. GOOD DAY.
GETTING A LOT OF FENTANYL OFF THE STREET.
BASICALLY SEEING A LOT OF LIVES SAVED RIGHT THERE.
>>HALLIE, AS YOU KNOW THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND OTHERS
ON THE GROUND ARE ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT. WARN THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S
HEALTH CARE BILL IS GOING TO CUT FUNDING FOR TREATMENT THAT
ADDICTS NEED MOST. TOMORROW WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW THE
SEVERITY OF THIS CRISIS HAS LED TO ONE LOCAL JAIL FILLING AN
ENTIRE WING WITH ONLY WOMEN IN WITHDRAWAL.
THAT IS ONE VERY TEMPORARY WAY OFFICIALS ARE KEEPING ADDICTS
AWAY FROM FENTANYL, HALLIE. >>JACOB, WITH PART TWO OF HIS
POWERFUL SERIE

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