In November 2018, law enforcement officers began investigating a series of overdoses that occurred across the Middle Tennessee area involving fentanyl-laced heroin.
One million doses of fentanyl are off the streets, thanks to a past arrest at the Nashville International Airport.
...Officers later field tested the drugs and quickly discovered what they seized was not heroin at all... it was Fentanyl.
Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are concerned about recent evidence submissions to the TBI crime lab.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Drug Investigation Division (DID) is urging public caution, especially among recreational drug users, following recent evidence submissions to two TBI crime laboratories.
The laboratory analysis of the brown solid material shows it to be not heroin, but the opioid Fentanyl.
Over 100,000 prescription pills, some of which were counterfeits and contained Fentanyl, were seized in the multiple month long case.
Some of the state's top law enforcement and health officials will come together to discuss the dangers of fentanyl.
Tennessee released a "PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY ADVISORY ON FENTANYL."
WGNS has been following the overdoses in Murfreesboro carefully and reports indicate that right now, Johnny L. Williams has been the only one arrested for the fake pills being sold as of July 15, 2016.
Laboratory analysis performed by TBI Forensic Scientists indicated the pills were counterfeit and did not contain oxycodone. Instead, they contained fentanyl, a pain killer 50 times as potent as heroin that can be deadly in high doses.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation expanded its program to provide a potentially life-saving resource to its Special Agents who might come into contact with fentanyl.
TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin.
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