- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - A police official whose territory includes the North Bend and Snoqualmie areas of east King County says his officers are finding that heroin is the drug of choice in illegal camps they’re seeing in the area’s public forests.

KING-TV reports (https://is.gd/axedHE ) that Snoqualmie city Police Capt. Nick Almquist says his officers have located nearly 40 such camps since they took over police coverage for the North Bend area in early March.

Almquist says the camps pose a risk to people, especially children, who may come across them on a hike. Police have found used hypodermic needles, human waste and other hazards, as well as items stolen from local stores and from the backyards of nearby neighbors.

The official says his officers try to help homeless people just looking for a place to camp. But he says they’ll destroy any camp where they find illegal activity.

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Information from: KING-TV, https://www.king5.com/


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