Second arrest for heroin made this week in the Keys, indicates upward trend

For the second time in less than a week, a Keys man has been jailed on heroin charges, another indication of the uptick in heroin use in our islands.

Yeiniel Moreno, 20, of Little Torch Key was charged early Friday with two counts each of sale of heroin and use of a two-way communications device to facilitate a felony. He's being held in jail with no bond allowed.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin says he's accused of selling to an "undercover operative" .5 grams for $120 in May and a gram for $240 in August.

"On both occasions, Moreno agreed to meet with the operative, once on Summerland Key and once on Little Torch Key," Herrin said. She declined to provide further information because of the undercover nature of the case.

Monday, Karl Pasch, 36, was charged with felony drug possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Key West police arrested him after finding .3 grams of heroin and two used syringes in his pickup truck at 19th Street and Paula Avenue.

He told a police officer that "it was cheaper to purchase heroin [nowadays] than prescription narcotics." His bond is $10,500.