Graves County sheriff warns of dangers of fentanyl

This photo was taken around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Carlisle County as one of several locations searched. Carlisle County Sheriff Gilbert counted these deadly pills. A presumptive tests revealed the presence of Fentanyl. (Source: Graves County Sheriff's Office)
This photo was taken around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Carlisle County as one of several locations searched. Carlisle County Sheriff Gilbert counted these deadly pills. A presumptive tests revealed the presence of Fentanyl. (Source: Graves County Sheriff's Office)

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden is warning people about the dangers of fentanyl.

In a post on the Graves County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Hayden said they suspect the “dangerous fentanyl problem has arrived here in our area.”

The county had one recent death and several overdoses, suspected as being fentanyl related.

Those responsible for trafficking in these deadly drugs have been tracked this week from Graves County, and into both Hickman and Carlisle counties.

Undercover drug purchases have been made in all three counties and as of midnight Tuesday night, law enforcement officers from Graves, Hickman, and Carlisle sheriff’s offices had seized more than 900 dosage units of suspected fentanyl pills portrayed and sold as being 30mg Percocets, a small blue pill.

Additional quantities of other opioids such and Hydrocodine were also seized as part of the three county investigation.

Firearms stored among the illegal drugs were also seized.

Sheriff Haden warns of the inherent danger for those purchasing prescription pain killers on the black market, or from local drug dealers. He says many of the substances are counterfeit and made by mostly the drug cartels with no regard for quality control and in many cases are laced with the deadly drug fentanyl.

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