Heroin: Relatively cheap, drug’s use is rising on Whidbey

Detective Carl Seim with the Oak Harbor Police Department holds more than 74 grams of black-tar heroin he seized from a drug dealer. He said it’s worth about $5,000. - Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
  • Apr 18, 2014 at 3:44PM

Once considered a drug for rock stars and hardcore users, heroin has gained a troubling prominence on Whidbey Island, as it has in many communities across the nation. While heroin may not be as popular — or perhaps as destructive — as methamphetamine, Detective Carl Seim with the Oak Harbor Police Department said he worries that the relatively inexpensive but powerful high from black-tar heroin will make it a plague upon the community.


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VAQ-130 returns home to Whidbey Island

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 3:00AM updated at 11:59AM

Aircrew of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 Zappers were welcomed home with open arms Thursday following a nine-month deployment. “He’s gonna see his daddy today,” said Katelin Grant of her 16-month-old son, Benjamin.

New patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 2:00AM

Island County secured a $225,000 grant to purchase a new all-weather patrol vessel. Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.

Island County outlines plan for Ala Spit

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 2:00AM

A preliminary plan for the restoration of Ala Spit County Park was approved Monday with the aim of making the area more hospitable to salmon. While the initiative has been applauded by conservationists, some say the work has created a safety hazard for park visitors. Island County removed 800 feet of rock and crushed concrete from a center portion of the spit in 2012 in order to restore it to its original state.

COER to report on D.C. trip at meeting

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 1:00AM

Top members of the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve traveled to Washington, D.C. last month to lobby against the Navy’s EA-18G Growlers. They will report on their trip during a meeting 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Highway 525, Freeland.

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