When members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Narcotics Task Force located 180 grams of heroin from a McHenry residence last month, they had seized the largest amount of heroin at one time by the department alone.
After searching Brian Freund’s McHenry residence July 26 in the 3900 block of Main Street, police also recovered two scales, packaging materials and $963.
Freund was not home during the search but turned himself into the McHenry County Jail and was released the same day after posting bond. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Narcotics Task Force estimated the heroin seized has a street value of about $36,000.
Members of the task force have worked over the past 12 months to get ahead of the countywide “heroin epidemic” with the assistance of the state’s attorney’s office, confidential informants and other stakeholders.
McHenry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Muraski said the biggest difference has been an increase in information provided by community members through tip lines or other means of communication.
“We’ve seen a lot of specific tips regarding heroin and it seems like the community is realizing that there is a problem and they’re trying to help now,” Muraski said.
“Years ago, it was almost an embarrassment if your son or daughter overdosed or if they got arrested.”
Muraski said it’s important for residents to come forward with information because the presence of heroin in McHenry County isn’t just a law enforcement issue, it’s a community issue as well.
The narcotics task force is also working closely with the state’s attorney’s office to help drug users get the treatment they need, while focusing much of their efforts on finding and apprehending drug dealers, Muraski said.
Anyone with information regarding criminal activities can contact McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 800-762-STOP, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 815-338-2144, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.