SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - The small town of Southport is dealing with a big drug problem. Police officials say heroin use is on the rise.
Officials say that drug use wasn't much of a problem in the past, but now it's "cheaper and easier to get than ever before."
Southport Police Chief J.V. Dove says the problem is that heroin is coming in from bigger cities like Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.
Last week, Southport police made several drug arrests.
Emily Amos was charged with having three bindles of heroin and six syringes in addition to marijuana totaling about $150.
Chief Dove says the department is stepping up its enforcement patrols
Dove says he doesn't think there are a lot of distributors or dealers in the area, just more users.
If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, you're asked to contact the police department right away.
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