Officer overdoses from powder on shirt after drug arrest

Posted May 17, 2017

An hour later, authorities said Green passed out at the station and overdosed on the white powder - which was later determined to be fentanyl.

Police observed 25-year-old Justin Buckle perform what they believed to be a drug transaction from behind the wheel of his Monte Carlo, prompting the police to make the move of blocking his auto in.

Police told WFMJ that Buckle attempted to rub a white powder into the floor of the vehicle when Officer Chris Green intervened to stop him.

It was then that Officer Chris Green stopped the suspect but, surrounded by other piles of the powder, got some on his skin. Fentanyl can get into the body just from contact with the skin, and it only takes a small amount to overdose.

As of Sunday, Green was said to be recovering and "doing fine". Police are cracking down, but that means they are also opening themselves up for danger. "I started falling backwards to the door".

After a couple of minutes went by, Green told officer Smith he didn't feel right, and that something was wrong.

The driver of the auto, Justin Buckle, and his passenger, Cortez Collins, have been arrested and are facing charges of tampering with evidence. However, a version of the drug called Carfentanil, which is used as a tranquilizer on large animals, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

The accidental overdose was a grave reminder for East Liverpool and law enforcement that even the slightest exposure to drugs like fentanyl can be life-threatening.

The vehicle stopped by police on Friday was being driven by Buckel and is registered to Susan Pritt, also of the Avondale address, according to police, and Lane said Monday she has contacted him several times since Friday in an attempt to have the auto returned.

"We double bag all our evidence because of the threat of Fentanyl and Carfentanyl", Wright said.

Buckle and Collins have been charged with tampering with evidence. He wants to continue catching drug suspects like he did on Friday.

A 24-year-old passenger in the auto, Cortez Collins, was also reportedly found to have warrants out for his arrest for the alleged possession of carfentanil, a powerful opioid and fentanyl analog also known as an elephant tranquilizer. He said that this incident was an example of how police are forced to change the way they do their jobs do to this scary drug epidemic. "You might get away with it today, but just believe you better be looking over your shoulder because we're going to be kicking your door in".