A Syracuse man is facing charges after police found more than 500 bags of heroin and other drugs at his residence at 607 1/2 Bellevue Avenue.
Officers executed a search warrant at the property following a lengthy narcotics investigation.
Officers found 513 bags of heroin, 35 bags of cocaine and 14.4 grams of marihuana.
Police arrested 32-year-old Jerry Goodwin and charged him with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, one felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan says the dramatic increase in heroin use is a community wide problem and the department is focusing resources on drug crimes.
"This is an average size heroin arrest for us. There's a lot of heroin out there - it's a relatively cheap drug to get a hold of," said Connellan. "If you are a heroin user and you plan on coming into the city of Syracuse and buying heroin, there's a good chance you are going to get arrested. If you are someone that's selling heroin in the city of Syracuse, there's an even better chance you're going to get arrested for it."
Connellan said tips from neighbors gave investigators the information they needed to move forward with the search of the house on Bellevue Ave.
"If people call in and they give us just license plate numbers, times and days, we can assign that to detectives and we can commence an investigation," said Connellan.