A young Pineville woman is behind bars because police say she sold heroin to a juvenile.
The drug that was well known decades ago is now back in the region.
Pineville is a small quiet town where police found a very dangerous drug.
“They start cutting it from it being pure to God knows what's in it by that time it gets into someone's body and you have no idea what you are injecting. So you don't know the strength. You can overdose and die,” Trooper Walt Meachum said.
Police say heroin is making a comeback in the region.
“Heroin is going to replace Oxy’s. Oxy’s are getting harder to get. 180 milligrams will run 120-130 dollars per pill. Where you can get a 3 day supply of heroin for that price,” Trooper Meachum said.
Pineville Police are not releasing many details about the case.
Officers say they found heroin on the juvenile.
Police will not say where the transaction took place.
Shannon Rutherford has a 25 thousand dollars cash bond.
Rutherford is at the Bell County Detention Center. WYMT’s Ashley Reynolds asked for her side of the story, but she declined to comment from behind bars.
Police say it's no surprise heroin is back in the mountains because of the well known drug problem.
“The drug dealers, they will tell you when they get arrested they can make more money here in east Kentucky in one weekend, then they can in one month on the big city streets,” Trooper Meachum said.
Police say it was only a matter of time before heroin would show up again.
Rutherford is scheduled to be in court on March 8th.
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