Drug bust nets 15 pounds of heroin

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ATLANTA —

An Atlanta Police Department narcotics team and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) recovered more than 15 pounds of heroin hidden in the oil pan of a Jeep Cherokee.  

Atlanta Police Narcotics Lieutenant Rick Mason says that's approximately 25,000 doses of heroine.  

Police say they recovered about 1.5 kilos of methamphetamine from the SUV as well.  

The Jeep was parked outside 2592 Oldknow drive.  Inside the residence, police say they found an additional 17 grams of heroin and more meth.  They arrested four suspects at the house.  

According to investigators, the approximate street value of the drugs is $1.5 million. 

Today a judge denied bond for all four men. They will stay in jail until their next court hearing scheduled for the end of July.

Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Mark Winne spoke with inmates at Fulton County Jail about their heroin addictions as a part of a Channel 2 investigation into the reputed open-air heroin market known as the bluff.  

One inmate told Winne he would do anything to support his heroin use.  

Another told Winne, "I can't tell you how many suburban girls are selling themselves because they're addicted to heroin." 

Mason says many users today start on painkillers like Oxycodone, not realizing the devastating, even fatal, repercussions it can lead to.  

"The amount of pain you feel that you're taking an Oxycodone is minimal compared to the pain you're going to go through the first time you shoot heroin. And the first time you use heroin will be the last quality day of your life," said Mason.  

In Winne’s special investigation Chief George Turner talked about starting up a new third narcotics team. Mason says that team is out on the street and they were the ones who worked with HIDTA on the most recent bust.