Laurel Co. deputy decontaminated after fentanyl exposure
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A deputy had to be decontaminated and taken to the hospital after finding the powerful drug fentanyl in the back of his cruiser.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Daniel Grigsby helped with a traffic stop on I75 near London Wednesday morning where a large amount of heroin was found in a truck.
The driver and the passenger were arrested and Grigsby took one of the suspects to jail.
A short time after that arrest, Grigsby went to Golden Eagle Drive for another complaint and, as he was putting a suspect in his cruiser, he noticed a white, powdery substance on the backseat and became dizzy and lightheaded.
The substance was field tested and determined to be fentanyl.
Emergency crews responded and decontaminated Grigsby and his K9 “Edge.”
Grisby was then taken to St. Joseph Hospital in London as a precaution to be checked out.
The sheriff’s office says it was determined the suspect from the prior arrest, 24-year-old Dwayne Canada, of Michigan, tried to dispose of the drug while being taken to jail.
He is charged with endangering a police officer in addition to trafficking in a controlled substance.