Sheriff, DA say fight against fentanyl an uphill battle, gangs play major role

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Perhaps the most alarming thing when an assistant prosecutor with the Second Judicial District told his boss three people in Kingsport had died of drug overdoses in one night was this: District Attorney Barry Staubus wasn’t even that alarmed. The longtime prosecutor’s lack of surprise is down to one thing: fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s 100 …

Detroit man charged in overdose deaths investigation in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (CBS DETROIT) – Knoxville police arrested a Detroit man in connection with the overdose deaths of three people. Police arrest Donjae Bell, 29, after authorities conducted a search warrant at 1900 Dutch Valley Drive No. 23 in Knoxville as part of an investigation.  Authorities located both powder and pills suspected of being heroin or fentanyl, items for manufacturing, packaging, …

Bags of fentanyl-laced crystal meth seized in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Narcotics detectives with the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation made a pair of arrests this weekend during an exchange of dangerous drugs in Nashville. According to police, 54-year-old Raymondo Contrenas from Cailfornia and 46-year-old Zujey Serna-Mendoza were arrested with a large box containing vacuum-sealed bags of crystal methamphetamine that tested positive …

Fentanyl test strips could make a difference in the fight against overdose deaths

A pilot program in Tennessee showed 81% of people who used the test strips changed their behavior. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — East Tennessee will soon have another tool to combat the overdose crisis. Metro Drug Coalition said it’s expecting to receive its first shipment of fentanyl test strips in the next month or two. “We’ve got to help them however we can,” said …

Tennessee firefighters exposed to fentanyl; Corinth paramedics provided emergency aid

JACKSON, Tenn. (WTVA) – For two Tennessee firefighters, paramedics from Corinth were in the right place at the right time on Sept. 2. They saved the lives of two Jackson firefighters who needed emergency help after being exposed to fentanyl. WTVA reporter Bronson Woodruff spoke with the paramedics and other officials about the scary situation. Watch the full story on …

3 Men Indicted For Allegedly Shipping Kilos Of Fentanyl-Oxy Pills To The South

SANTA ROSA (BCN) Three Santa Rosa men were arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiring to ship fentanyl-laced Oxycodone to cities in Tennessee, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville announced. Matthew Cox, 26, Marcus Johnson, 24, and Ricardo Molinero-Alcarez, 27, were arraigned in federal court in the Northern District of California for conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute …

Tennessee AG urges Biden to classify fentanyl as ‘weapon of mass destruction’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – New Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti has joined a multi-state effort to urge President Joe Biden to classify fentanyl as a “weapon of mass destruction.” Skrmetti has joined a group of 18 state attorneys general to demand Biden take “decisive action” in response to a record spike in fentanyl-related overdose deaths, a media release said. “Fentanyl …