RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Richmond Police call it an epidemic, saying a dangerous and illegal drug keeps showing up in their city. And they tell us it's coming straight down I-75 from Michigan.
Heroin is that drug, traveling all the way to Richmond from Detroit. It's a six-hour drive, and a straight shot down I-75.
"We're seeing a lot more than we had years prior even decades prior," said Asst. Chief Bob Mott, with Richmond Police.
The interstate serves as its pipeline, so right now it's shoveling more than just snow.
"The amounts that we're seeing now are greater than the prior 14 or 15 years combined for the department," said Asst. Chief Mott.
It's a track that police have been on for a while, but the problem keeps going south.
"They come down here, they met up with somebody local, and those local people in turn hook them up with a lot of users," said Asst. Chief Mott. "And they sell out pretty fast."
It's from the Motor City where heroin is cheaper and dealers know it sells for more in Kentucky. But along the 368 mile route between Richmond and Detroit, there are a lot of stops where heroin could also show up.
"It's not just Richmond," said Asst. Chief Mott. "I think if you talk to anybody along I-75 corridor or eastern Kentucky, Kentucky for that matter, that heroin is on the upswing tremendously. It's not just the Richmond and Lexington area. It's everywhere in this area."
Richmond Police tell us they've made hundreds of heroin-related arrests in the past year. And at this point, it's a daily thing.
"It's not only aggravating because they're bringing drugs into our community, but they're committing other crimes too," said Asst. Chief Mott. "We've had several incidents of assaults. We had a kidnapping recently involving people from Detroit. They're in here causing all kinds of problems."
And police know locals are housing the drug pushers. They're after them as well.
"Everybody is talking. Everybody realizes that it's a big problem," said Asst. Chief Mott. "It's just a matter of knocking it out."
We also talked to state police, and they say there's a ton more heroin than they're actually seeing because it's easy to conceal. It can be snorted, smoked, or shot up with a needle.