SALINA, Kan. - Salina police made two drug busts in two days. Salina's drug task forced searched two houses Monday and Tuesday and arrested these three people: Garry Jelken, Marilyn Jelken and Dewayne Wolfe.
Investigators said they found prescription pills inside both homes, and some of the pills were being used to make something else.
"We found prescription pills. Many, many different types of different prescription pills,” Lt. Jim Norton with Salina Police Drug Task Force said.
At their second house they found more pills, mainly morphine. This time, they say they found evidence that some of the morphine was being used to make heroin.
"What's most concerning to us is that it's heroin. We don't deal with heroin very often. It's a very, very addictive drug,” Lt. Norton said. “To have it right here in your hometown. That's scary. That really is scary,” Lt. Norton said.
Lt. Jim Norton say morphine is widely available in Salina, so they see it a lot. Now, they're afraid they're going to start seeing more heroin too. "The morphine is very concerning to us that it's being turned into heroin,” Lt. Norton said.
Lt. Norton says it was calls from neighbors that helped police uncover the new drug problem. All three people arrested between the two cases have all been booked into the Saline County Jail and are facing drug charges.