MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering after possibly being exposed to fentanyl Wednesday morning. This is the third time in about two weeks that emergency crews responded to possible fentanyl exposure for a deputy.
It all began Tuesday, when emergency crews responded to a possible exposure for a deputy working a scene with a vehicle confiscated in a raid that contained heroin and fentanyl in wrapped, sealed packages, as well as money and other items. The deputy was feeling ill, and emergency crews were called, but we are told it was determined that deputy was actually overheated and dehydrated and had not been exposed.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office tells us the drugs from that vehicle were put into an undercover truck and taken to the Sheriff’s Office. The truck was decontaminated, and another deputy drove the truck home. Farrell says Wednesday about 10:00 a.m., the deputy was driving the SCSO truck in to work when he started feeling symptoms of fentanyl exposure. The deputy stopped on 385 near Hacks Cross, and emergency crews arrived, gave him Narcan, and took him to the hospital.
Investigators are now searching the truck to see where more fentanyl may be located.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Earle Farrell tells Local 24 the tiniest grain of fentanyl can make someone sick, but the packages had been sealed and wrapped well, and it’s not typical to spread into the transporting vehicle.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office tells us a deputy was also exposed to fentanyl last week. He was given Narcan then and taken to the hospital. Further information on that case has not been released.