Heroin deaths of teens spur sweep

May 18, 2011 2:56:12 AM PDT
A federal grand jury has indicted 17 people so far on conspiracy and gun and drug-related counts after an investigation spurred by the deaths of three suburban Dallas teens from heroin overdoses. Two of the Flower Mound teens, ages 17 and 18, died in March 2010. A 19-year-old Flower Mound man died in July.

One of those indicted is 19-year-old Joseph Hoffman of Flower Mound, who pleaded guilty in March to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and faces up to 40 years in federal prison for his part in supplying the heroin that led to one of the deaths.

Flower Mound police Capt. Wess Griffin said the arrests won't completely stop the sale or use of heroin in the affluent community, but he feels good about the charges.