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Teen Drug Use on the Rise

LAS VEGAS -- A new study by the Partnership for a Drug Free America says teen marijuana and alcohol use is on the rise. But while many are sticking to marijuana and alcohol, in Las Vegas, many teens are making the leap to heroin.

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What most teens don't realize is how quickly experimentation turns into addiction.

"Heroin was always associated to the IV, the homeless, the person on the street corner. Now it's kind of like Middle America," said Kevin Morss, Community Involvement Center Director for Westcare.

Morss deals with teens suffering from substance abuse. He says in the last year, he's seen a 30 to 40-percent increase in heroin use.

Fire Captain Faces Federal Sex Charges

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County Fire Department captain has been indicted on federal charges of enticing a minor for sex.

Authorities say 55-year-old Martin Vohwinkel surrendered to U.S. marshals on Wednesday and is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden says that Vohwinkel is accused of using a computer to coerce and entice a person under 18 to engage in sexual activity. The indictment was handed down this week. 

Vohwinkel is already facing a state charge of using technology to lure a child after he allegedly tried to use the Internet to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He was really conversing with a Henderson police detective.

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