Tonight there is a war in America, and law enforcement tells us it is far from over. Our lethal adversary, hair wieroin. Killing without favor from the inner city to the suburbs. ABC's David Wright... See More
Tonight there is a war in America, and law enforcement tells us it is far from over. Our lethal adversary, hair wieroin. Killing without favor from the inner city to the suburbs. ABC's David Wright takes us on a mission. Reaching is going to be 507. Reporter: Before dawn special agents from the Dea and local police gather for a tactical briefing. Seeking charges for heroin distribution and heroin overdose at the house this January. Reporter: This is the culmination of a ten-month investigation during which authorities say they seized some 34,000 doses. Listen up. Reporter: Special drug task force gave "Nightline" exclusive behind the scenes access to the bust. In this one suburb of St. Louis 30 people have died of heroin related overdoses in the past year. The most heroin overdose deaths we have had in the past ten years. It just keeps rising. Reporter: Among today's targets. Several accused dealers suspected of selling fatal doses. They're suspects in a heroin overdose. Reporter: Fatal? Fatal. Reporter: Officer Juan Wilson says one of the goal Tuesday is to charge some of those dealers with involuntary manslaughter. Now 6:30 A.M. They're about to serve a search warrant on a couple who sold a fatal dose of heroin allegedly. The house on the outside on this suburban cul-de-sac, unassuming. Police, search warrant! Search warrant! Police department! Search warrant! Reporter: Inside police say the suspects have enough syringes and paraphernalia to put them away. But no heroin. Right there. Right next to the place where someone distributed heroin and overdosed and died. We take this pretty seriously. Reporter: You could see evidence in there that people were using. Absolutely. I mean, you will have metal spoons that have charring on the bottom of them with suspected heroin residue on the top of it. So it is -- very indicative of heroin use inside the residence. Please stop that. I don't appreciate that. Please stop. Talking substantial amount of time in federal prison. Does it matter if they sold or gave it? Doesn't matter. Distribution in the death. All that matters. Reporter: House two today again doesn't look like a neighborhood out of "The wire." 8:00 rolling up on bust number two. Police, search warrant! Police, search warrant! Reporter: Here the authorities find drugs. But the stash is small enough to fit in some one's pocket. You know, ow, stop people from overdosing in the community. Reporter: Heroin in the heartland, the problem is only getting worse. When "Nightline" first met Juan Wilson last year, he gave my colleague Pierre Thomas a compelling overview. We found day loaded pistol. It was underneath the -- the couch cushion, laying right next to where the baby was. Where we found the heroin also. Fully loaded. Reporter: We met this woman whose 20-year-old daughter died of a heroin Jo overdose. I can so vividly remembering that moment, sitting there thinking, "Oh, my god, she died." Thank you for coming out. Reporter: Guy started walking to raise awareness of the dangers of heroin. Those walking for wellness marches growing bigger every year. As more families come out and acknowledge this epidemic. Reporter: For months you feel shattered like a shattered piece of glass. It would take one gust of wind a and -- you'd be gone. Reporter: 30-year-old Christopher Hager's parents told us their son battled heroin addiction on and off for nine years. Last year, he died of a methadone overdose. It feels like somebody punches you in the stomach and knocks the wind out of you. You cannot prepare for it. Reporter: Turns out they lived across the street from guy Vigna. She is an amazing woman. I started walking with her. My son actually walked many times. He hated the stigma of heroin. He was ashamed and embarrassed about it. Reporter: The day ends with a lot of fanfare. A news conference announcing a major drug bust. The total amount of heroin was 3,426 grams. Reporter: More than 50 supposed dealers taken off the streets. Authorities hope this will be a model for other communities across the country. It seems like you didn't bust a heroin ring, didn't take kingpins off the street, didn't you round up a bunch of junkies here. We certainly didn't do as much as we could do. There is more. Reporter: Does it make a dent in the problem? We can only do what we can do and try to aggressively pursue the distributors of heroin. That's one small piece of the overall fight against the epidemic. Reporter: Do you think this will even make a dent in the problem? We have got to do something. So, let's start making a little dent here. A little dent there. And maybe -- you know, we can save somebody else's kid. Reporter: For her part, guy Vigna says any amount of heroin taken off the streets makes the community a better place. That individual portion of that is like a single serving of death. When you are removing that potentially that is not one more mom that will call me and say, can you put my child's name on my shirt. I am Ted of doing that. Tired of getting the phone call that says I got the call. They died. Reporter: Officer Wilson hopes she is right. He wants to do right by her. But he is frustrated. You take one drug dealer off street there are not talking substantial amount of weight. What is very important is, it's just this -- 1/10f O THA could kill someone. Reporter: Juan Wilson says it is enough to put the alleged dealer away for life. Life in prison for this? Yeah, depending on what his cr alintoim hiss.ry I ry veos pesibl he ulcod. Reporter: Seems a bit harsh. It does. When you are talking people
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