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Crime commission expands hunt for heroin dealers

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Associated Press

JOLIET -- The Illinois State Crime Commission says it's partnering with Will County prosecutors to begin offering cash rewards for information on heroin dealers who sell to minors.

Officials say the commission will offer $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who provides heroin to a juvenile in Will County.

It's similar to a program started earlier this year in DuPage County.

Crime Commission Executive Director Jerry Elsner says the Interstate 88 corridor has become known as the "the heroin highway" and the potentially deadly drug is being exported from Cook County into Will and DuPage counties.

He says the new reward program will complement the work of Will County's Narcotics Prosecution Unit, which has won convictions against 146 heroin dealers.

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