Over the last several weeks we have seen more heroin related arrests when compared to previous months. In other words, heroin use appears to be on the rise in Rutherford County which correlates with national statistics as well.
In 2013, the USA Today reported that the fact that it is becoming more difficult to obtain painkillers has led to the increase in heroin use. Heroin is said to be about 35% cheaper than drugs like Oxycotin on the street. A 2011 National Survey on Drug Use shows that from 2005 to 2011, the number of those 12 and older who tried heroin for the first time jumped from 90,000 to 178,000. The most recent arrest in Murfreesboro does not show we are anywhere close to an epidemic, but it does stand as a reminder that a drug that gained popularity in the 1970's is resurfacing.
47-Year old Katherine Moody of Wartrace was pulled over after leaving a home known for drug activity. A police report documents the home is located at 318 S. Bilbro Street. After Moody left the house she apparently made an illegal lane change and was pulled over on Mercury Boulevard. When asked if Moody had any illegal items, the arrest report states, "She responded by voluntarily retrieving a half of a gram of heroin from the inside of her waist band."
Police searched the cell phone belonging to Moody and located a text arraigning for a possible drug transaction from the address she was seen leaving prior to being pulled over. The arraignment was said to be made with the resident of the home in question.
Moody was charged with possession of a schedule one drug, possession of drug paraphenellia and with driving on a revoked license for the 7th time. She was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and released about 3-hours later. She will appear in court this December.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Murfreesboro Police Arrest Report #18547