SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man was arrested Wednesday evening on suspicions of transporting and selling heroin. Casey Garriffa, 24, was apprehended following an investigation conducted by the Northeast Enforcement Team.
After Garriffa’s arrest, law enforcement officials searched his vehicle and seized approximately 7 grams of brown tar heroin, $1,187, a digital scale and other drug-related paraphernalia.
NEET Team Leader Louey Williams said the investigation was instigated after agents were tipped off that Garriffa was transporting the drug to Sheridan from Oregon and selling it on the street. Agents believe the drug was being sold here for $250 per gram.
Williams said drug enforcement officials have heard more about heroin trafficking in Sheridan in the past year and a half. He said he believes the problem is growing because people get addicted to opiate-based drugs that are legally prescribed by doctors, and users eventually seek out an illegal way to satiate their habit.
Garriffa was stopped and arrested on the 2000 block of Val Vista Street.
Williams said additional charges and arrests are anticipated, as the case is still under investigation.
Thursday afternoon, Sheridan County Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff set Garriffa’s bond at $10,000 cash. As of Friday morning, the bond had not been posted and he remained incarcerated.
Further court proceedings for Garriffa have not yet been scheduled.
Delivery of a controlled substance is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.