Two More 'Operation Exile" Arrests Made in Rochester

Created: 04/18/2014 6:15 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Two more arrests have been made in our area as part of the statewide initiative to target heroin dealers.
Alec Southwick and Ayla Krohn face possible felony charges after the Olmsted County Sheriff's Department says it set up multiple controlled buys from Southwick. According to the criminal complaint, Krohn assisted in the sale of more than $900 worth of heroin and meth on Wednesday, which ultimately led to their arrests.
This makes four alleged drug dealer arrests in our area just this week. As we've reported, Shaunda Gadsden and Martinez Williams of Rochester were also arrested recently for selling heroin. All four arrests are part of "Operation Exile", which netted more than 65 people and seized around two and a half kilos of heroin in seven counties.
With heroin use on the rise, we wanted to see if treatment centers are seeing an uptick in patients. Officials at Zumbro Valley Mental Health say the answer is no, but there is a reason for it.
"It's been an isolated piece up until now, until they do some of the drug busts and that we actually see the fallout from that and we'll see more persons who come into treatment after the drug bust because they can't find the chemical any longer,” said Judith Eichman, Addictions Director at Zumbro Valley Mental Health in Rochester.
With the anticipation of more users seeking treatment, Zumbro Valley Mental Health is looking into more specialized programming for heroin users in the future.