Created: 06/12/2014 6:13 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean
He was a wanted man in Geneva. Now Jeffery Santiago is facing charges. Police say Santiago would buy cheap heroin in Rochester, drive it an hour down the Thruway to Geneva and sell it there, destroying lives in the process.
Police say Jeffrey Santiago would set up shop near the basketball courts and the playground at an apartment complex run by the Geneva Housing Authority.
Joann Holmes said, “There are too many little kids out here for him to be out here dealing his drugs.”
Geneva Police indicted Santiago in April. He turned himself in Wednesday. Geneva Police say heroin is a plague. There are 50 active cases and three overdoses in 2014 alone. They say it is hitting all kinds of people.
Lt. Eric Heieck, Geneva Police Department, said, “People who had never taken any drugs are now taking heroin. You cannot get this OxyContin, those opiates as you could before. Now, heroin at $10 is a viable alternative.”
Dr. Dorothy Lennon said, “I would consider it an epidemic. It's bad, very bad.”
Dr. Dorothy Lennon is the physician for Finger Lakes Addiction Counseling.
Berkeley Brean asked, “What do you think when police arrest someone they consider to be a significant heroin dealer in their community?”
Dr. Lennon said, “If that’s going to stop the flow of some of the heroin into the area, I think it is great because that will hopefully force some of the people who are heroin dependent to get help.”
The heroin market tanks if no one uses it. It is a treatable disease.
If you need help or a loved one needs help and you live in Ontario, Wayne and Livingston Counties, you can contact the Finger Lakes Addiction Counseling at (315) 331-3862.
If you live in Monroe County, you can contact DePaul at 426-8000.