East Liverpool patrolman Chris Green pulled over 25-year-old Justin Buckle's vehicle Friday after he spotted someone in the auto perform a drug transaction, police told reporters at WKBN.
Captain Patrick Wright, with the East Liverpool PD, tells the station WKBN after Buckle and his passenger, 24-year-old Cortez Collins, realized that police officers had blocked them in and they could not flee, they proceeded to try and dispose of the evidence.
East Liverpool police officer Chris Green had just made a drug arrest when he returned to the police station and another officer noticed something on his shirt.
After arresting the two men, East Liverpool Police Officer Chris Green was winding down his shift in the police station's break room when one of his colleagues pointed out he had something on his uniform.
In fact, it is so potent it has been described as a "weapon of mass destruction", as it can be absorbed into the body merely through skin contact. Green began to feel sick and dizzy, eventually being ushered to an ambulance already on the scene, where he was given a dose of Narcan, an anti-overdose medication.
At the hospital, three additional doses had to be given to completely revive him.
"I reach around, touched it and flicked it off", Green said. Police also said Collins was wanted in Cleveland for alleged possession of carfentanil and aggravated robbery. "The last thing I think I remember is falling backwards into the door", Green recounted. Authorities blocked the vehicle in, so that Buckle and his passenger, 24-year-old Cortez Collins, could not flee the scene.
Fentanyl and carfentanyl contain a substance used in tranquilizing elephants.
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"They called an ambulance for him and the ambulance responded for him", Wright said.
"Gray death" is a particularly unsafe mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanyl and other synthetic opioids, and it has likely made its way to Michiana.
When the Journal contacted him Saturday, Green said he was still feeling the effects of the drug.
An officer caught Green before he fell to the floor.
Wright says their department no longer field tests drugs for fear they might inhale a deadly substance.
"We just don't have the resources to do it", he said.
When asked how he could go back to the job Green said, "I grew up wrestling, football, MMA boxing my whole life I've always had that competitive drive". These people have no regard for anybody, not themselves, not the police, not their kids, " Lane said.
The suspects, Buckle and Collins, have been charged with tampering with evidence. But Green's accidental overdose is another example of Ohio's opiate epidemic and its dangers for police, as well as the public at large.