WEINER, Ark. – Three Poinsett County officers were sent to the hospital on Tuesday after alleged contact with Fentanyl while searching a home, the sheriff said.
Sheriff Kevin Molder said three officers assisted the Weiner Police Department with a search warrant.
Police Chief Jim Neeley says this “joint” operation is quite common.
“Weiner is a small town and we use the Sheriff’s Office for help when we have projects like that,” he said.
But this routine call became potentially dangerous when three deputies began to get sick after potentially coming into contact with Fentanyl.
Weiner fire and rescue, first responders and paramedics responded after officers called for help when they started experiencing symptoms.
“I think they were probably as scared as anything. Their blood pressure was sometimes elevated… the heart rate was sometimes elevated. I’m sure a lot of that adrenaline rush was part of it,” said Weiner fire chief David Schwarz.
Fortunately, the three deputies were able to immediately self-administer Narcan to reverse the drug’s effects.
All three officers were taken to NEA Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
We were told that the substance that made the deputies sick is being tested to determine if it is indeed fentanyl.
The police chief says the incident is a wake-up call for this community.
“Just because it’s happening in Jonesboro or Memphis doesn’t mean it won’t filter down,” Chief Neeley said.
Three suspects who were in the house have been arrested.
Chisom Flemon, Levi Flemon, and Cody Lisko are all charged with various drug charges, including possession of meth and cocaine.
The three suspects are each being held on a $125,000 bond and are expected to appear in court again in December.
As for the three officers, the sheriff said they were transported to NEA Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas and released.
He said everything is fine with them at the moment.
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