Sheriff: arrests increase as heroin and fentanyl makes way into Floyd County

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (MTN) — There has been a rise in heroin and fentanyl-related arrests and overdoses lately as this deadly combined drug continues to spread into Floyd County.

According to a post made by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday afternoon, deputies stopped a vehicle on Rt. 114 near the Mountain Arts Center. As vehicle occupants were interviewed, deputies became suspicious of them being involved in illegal activity, the post says.

That suspicion led deputies to the discovery of nearly two and a half ounces of heroin with fentanyl, the post says.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. It is a prescription drug that is routinely used for the management of severe pain, especially those associated with surgical procedures.

This drug is often misused by addicts to get a euphoric high. When combined with other drugs, Fentanyl can become very lethal leading to a coma, permanent brain damage or death from overdose.

The two individuals arrested were Timothy Florian, 58 and Timothy Hall, 51 both of Frankfort Ky. The two have been charged with trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Heroin) and were lodged in the Floyd Co Jail.