LPD targets Opana dealing

From Post staff reports
A search warrant was executed at a Lebanon location last week, targeting a person suspected of dealing large amounts of Opana pills, a highly addictive extended release tablet being ingested by younger adults.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the search warrant was served on Thursday, Dec. 8, by detectives with the Lebanon Police Departments Narcotics Unit at a residence at 263 Hunters Lane at Hunters Creek Apartments. Detectives have received complaints about excessive traffic at the apartment and possible drug dealing.

The target of the investigation is suspected of dealing large amounts of the pills to a broad group of people in the Lebanon/Wilson County area, Bowen said, in a news release.

The LPD SWAT team was utilized for the execution of the search warrant. Detectives were able to seize a loaded handgun, several thousand dollars in cash and a vehicle.

Evidence will be submitted to the Wilson County grand jury for future charges.

Bowen said his agency is seeking an increasing amount of cases involving the illegal sale of prescription narcotics.

In my opinion, this is the biggest drug issue that we face today as a community, he said, adding that abuse of prescription narcotics are a significant threat to the youth of Lebanon.