A&E show to highlight officers stopping drug trafficking on I-65 in Indiana

Interstate 65 in Clark County (WAVE-TV photo)

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - A new cable show is highlighting the work officers do on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana to uncover drug trafficking on the highway.

"60 Days In: Narcoland" is the latest edition of A&E's "60 Days In," which took law-abiding citizens inside the Clark County Jail. The show focuses on undercover officers targeting crucial areas of I-65, considered one of the biggest drug trafficking corridors in the country.

The interstate used to be called the "Heroin Highway," but the cartel now uses it to smuggle methamphetamine into America's heartland.

Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel said those smuggling the drug are very scary and sneaky.

“I think a lot of people think, 'Oh, the cartel, they stick out and we'll notice who they are right away',” Noel told WAVE-TV. “They do a good job of blending in. They’ll pick an elderly man to mule their dope.”

Noel said he hopes those who see the show will better understand what police are doing to stop the flow of drugs into the state.

“We are hitting with interdiction first, taking intelligence we got first and foremost looking for specific types of vehicles but, we've also added several undercover narcotics officers. they are out hitting it hard too,” Noel said.

He said the cartels switched to the cheaper meth when heroin overdoses started rising.

The show, Noel said, shows what addicts go through, noting the most successful drug dealers are the ones who don't use drugs themselves, they prey on the weak.

"60 Days In: Narcoland" premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. on A&E.