Cooper said that heroin has become a fairly large drug problem in the area and that police have seen numerous overdoses over the last several months. It wasn't something officers ever expected, he said.
Authorities have previously linked the rise in heroin usage to the change in the formulation of popular prescription painkillers, which made the drugs harder to abuse. But heroin usage also has grown as the price of prescription pills has risen. Cooper said heroin is cheaper than pills and easier to come by.
"As dangerous as pills are, we're having overdoses of heroin on a daily basis in the valley," Cooper said. "If our paramedics were not carrying Narcan with them we'd have a lot more deaths from heroin overdose.
"These drug dealers that are bringing heroin in are making a lot of money and they're just about killing a lot of people. So we're glad to get this guy off the street."
Cooper said drugs are cheaper in Detroit and that dealers are quadrupling their money by selling drugs in Charleston. The chief detective said officers here have a "pretty good grip" on the issue. The Detroit drug dealers know that and keep a low profile when they're in town, he said.
"This guy is going back where he belongs," Cooper said.
Detectives said Mixon is also a person of interest in a recent shooting. The lieutenant would not give any further information because it is an open investigation.
Two women, both of whom are from Bronx, N.Y., also would be charged with obstruction in the investigation. Cooper would not give their names Tuesday afternoon because they had not yet been arrested.
Patrol officers caught up with Casdorph and Flood a couple of blocks away from the hospital, Hazelett said.
Casdorph was wanted on a state capias and possession of an imitation substance. His bond is set at $312. Flood was arrested on simple possession of a controlled substance. His bond is set at $562. Both remained at South Central Regional Jail.
Cooper said Mixon remains at CAMC General and is expected to recover from his injuries.
Writer Candace Nelson contributed to this report.
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