Deadly drug threat in Morehead


MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ)- Morehead Police want to notify the Morehead/Rowan County community of a potential deadly drug threat.

This comes after three drug overdoses took place in less than 16 hours, according to police.

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Police say on Monday officers were called to the scene of an overdose death at Motel 6 in Moreland where they seized several pounds of an unknown white narcotic substance.

The person found dead was from out of state, police say.

Morehead Police sent the substance to the state police lab and it’s believed that it was either fentanyl or carfentanyl.

“Carfentanyl is an elephant tranquilizer and what we’ve noticed through the DEA isthey’ll explain it’s somewhat cheap to buy,” says Captain Kyle Callahan with Morehead PD. “It’s cheap for the dealers to cut with so it may make their product last longer.”

Law enforcement says they are concerned that these deadly substances are now commonly used by dealers to either mix or “cut” just about every illegal substance on the street, including marijuana.

Police are asking the public to go check on their loved ones who may suffer from a drug problem.

“Every time we show up at an overdose or we’re dealing with somebody whose overdosed on any of these drugs the first thing that comes to my mind is that’s somebody’s family member,” says Captain Callahan.

For more information please contact the Morehead City Police Department.