Auburn (WSYR-TV) -- A drug sweep in Auburn put 11 people behind bars on heroin charges
Police say they’ve seen a spike in heroin use in last few years.
And according to police, the latest arrests could make a big dent in the heroin trade in Cayuga County.
“Heroin has become a significant problem in the last couple of years, previous to that we rarely saw it, but the last year especially we've seen a resurgence in the area,” said Auburn Police Captain David DelFavero.
Police say users may be switching from prescription pain pills like oxycontin, which lately has become more difficult for abusers to get their hands on.
“It seems that people have switched to heroin. It’s cheaper and more readily available,” DelFavero continued.
Auburn police say drug use in a community can often lead to other crimes, things like robbery or larceny because users are trying to get money to feed their addiction.
The arrests come after an extensive year-long investigation.