Search of suspected heroin dealer's N. Ill. home

May 6, 2009 5:32:49 PM PDT
Officers have raided the northern Illinois home of a suspected heroin dealer after a monthlong investigation found drugs sold there may be connected to a spike in heroin overdose deaths. Lake County metropolitan enforcement group officers executed a search warrant at the Zion home on Wednesday.

Director Larry Lindenman says undercover officers purchased higher-purity heroin from the house three times. Two men were taken into custody, but no charges have been filed.

Lake County coroner Richard Keller says the county has had 20 heroin overdose deaths in 2009. That's the same number reported in all of 2008.

Keller says the increase is due to higher-purity heroin that some authorities believe is linked to Mexican drug cartels.