Evidence Containing Dangerous Drug Combinations Submitted To TBI Lab

Monday, December 4, 2017

Special agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are concerned about recent evidence submissions to the TBI crime lab. Two different pieces of evidence from ongoing drug cases contained a deadly combination of drugs, and agents are worried that there are more lethal blends of drugs being sold and used that will have deadly consequences.

This a toxic mix of drugs that forensic scientists in the TBI labs have rarely, if ever, seen in evidence submissions. One evidence sample submitted contained a combination of ketamine, tramadol, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl (pictured below).  Another sample was powder that tested positive for a mixture of methamphetamine, acrylfentanyl, and methoxyacetylfentanyl.

“These are combinations of drugs that don’t even make sense, and they are combinations that are lethal,” says T.J. Jordan, assistant director of the TBI’s Drug Investigation Division. “It’s the latest example of why no illicit street drug is safe. And with combinations of these extremely toxic drugs being mixed with each other, it’s a cocktail that has us very concerned. We need to remind the public again that these already-dangerous drugs are becoming more and more deadly.”

The TBI has joined other partner state and law enforcement agencies in recent months in issuing warnings about the powerful narcotic painkiller fentanyl being identified in samples of heroin, or in clandestine pills compounded to resemble legitimate prescription opioids. And more recently, evidence submitted to the TBI crime lab has shown that samples of cocaine have tested positive for fentanyl.

Anyone struggling with drug addiction issues should contact the Tennessee REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789.

 



3 Men Arrested On Drug Charges After Search Warrant Executed At College Hill Courts

Three men were arrested on drug charges after a search warrant was executed on Monday at College Hill Courts. Delandus Pound, 33, was charged with criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance. Michael Jermaine Jackson, 26, was charged with aggravated criminal trespass, possession of crack cocaine for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked ... (click for more)

State Election Commission To Name Replacement For Kelvin Scott On Hamilton County Election Commission

It will be up to the State Election Commission to name a replacement on the Hamilton County Election Commission for Kelvin Scott. Mr. Scott automatically dropped off of the panel after qualifying to run for the District 4 County Commission seat. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said, "§TCA 2-12-102(b) stipulates any member of the county election commission who qualifies ... (click for more)

Dismal Educator Teaching At UTC - And Response

Roy Exum,  People are talking about the inability of UTC to turn out high quality teachers. Well, should any university be expected to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse? We all know how our school system students fail miserably on national scholastic aptitude tests as a whole.  Forget Tcap tests, those are teacher tests not meant for measuring student progress, but ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Making A Difference

It was about 50 years ago when the late writer Loren Eiseley penned an essay called “The Starfish Thrower” so it’s been one of my favorite stories for almost as long. It tells about a man who walks up to a young boy on a beach, this just after a strong storm had washed hundreds of helpless starfish onto the shore. The boy was picking up the stranded starfish and, one at a time, ... (click for more)

East Hamilton's English Suspended For Tonight's Bradley Game

(Story will be updated) East Hamilton boys’ basketball coach Rodney English has been suspended from his coaching duties and will not accompany the team to Cleveland for tonight’s District 5-3A game against Bradley Central. English, who guided the Hurricanes to the 2017 boys’ state tournament in the program’s best season since the school opened in 2009, was suspended by ... (click for more)

Ooltewah's Second-Half Rally Dumps East Ridge, 66-54

East Ridge launched an all-out 3-point blitz against Ooltewah on Monday night at Catherine Neely Gymnasium. The Owls, who trailed 2-0 before the game even started due to Cam Chambers’ technical foul because of dunking in warmups, weathered that storm. They whittled an 18-6 first-quarter deficit down to 27-23 at halftime. Ooltewah took its first lead at 31-30 on Kobe Smith’s ... (click for more)