Ohio police officials reported that the man suspected of selling the impure heroin which led to 20 OD cases in less than four hours was taken into custody. The suspect admitted to selling the life-threatening substance to several individuals who visited his rented apartment on the 15th of August.
In a recent press conference, Ohio Police Department’s official spokespersons declared that the force was able to solve the mystery behind 20 people coming down with heroin overdose symptoms.
US Attorney Carol Casto, who’s worked closely with Huntington’s FBI Drug Task Force said on the 15th of August 2016, 26 people from Huntington were treated for heroin overdose symptoms. Further investigations revealed that all patients who were treated for OD symptoms bought heroin from a dealer who took up lodgings in the nearby Marcum Terrace.
Additional blood and urine tests performed on the patients revealed that the substance contained carfentanil, fentanyl, and heroin. Baffling enough, according to the investigators, carfentanil is a powerful analgesic, and it is 10,000 stronger than morphine, and 100 more potent than fentanyl.
On the other hand, which is another synthetic opioid and painkiller, is 50 times stronger than heroin. So, what we’ve got here is powerful painkiller combo, often used to anesthetize elephants and other large animals before surgery.
According to the investigators, the man who sold the heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer is a 22-years-old male from Akron, by the name of Bruce Lamar Griggs (Ben or Benz for close acquaintances and clients). The man was arrested a week later near Tallmadge, based on the description provided by eyewitnesses.
Court documents state that Griggs took up residence in the Marcum Terrace on the 15th of August with the intent of engaging in clandestine commercial transactions with a controlled substance. Security tapes retrieved from the nearby street cameras show Griggs exiting his Chevrolet Cruz at approximately 3 p.m. on the 15th of August.
In addition, it would seem that the surveillance camera captured several drug transactions conducted by Griggs on premises. The man admitted to selling heroin laced with an elephant tranquilizer.
According to the authorities, Griggs was charged with distributing a controlled substance, and is likely to spend the next 20 years in a federal prison. However, the magistrates want to extend Griggs’s sentence, taking into account that the substance he sold in his apartment nearly claimed the lives of 26 people.