Sumter Police Department arrested a 35-year-old man on drug charges Wednesday after launching an investigation in response to growing concerns of local heroin use.
Terrance Deangelo Haynesworth, of 106 Angle St., was arrested without incident and charged with nine counts of distribution of heroin and nine counts of distribution of drugs within a half mile of a school, according to a news release from the police department.
During a department undercover operation, Organized Crime and Vice Control officers made contact with multiple sources and made numerous drug purchases in the area of Sampson, Liberty and Purdy streets.
An investigation is continuing.
With reports of widespread heroin abuse in other parts of the state, the police department has been working to counter the rising trend and respond to potential overdoses within the community, according to the release.
Last year, officers received training to administer Naloxone, which can counteract the lethal effects of an opioid drug overdose.