Clark County deputy is OK after exposure to white powder, which will be tested

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m. (May 30): A Clark County Sheriff's deputy who fell ill and collapsed Tuesday night after handling white powder has been released from a hospital and the substance has been sent to a lab to be tested as suspected fentanyl, Chief Deputy Jeffrey Meyer said Wednesday.

An SUV that had been stolen was returned to the owner, who was cleaning it out because it was full of trash. That's when she discovered two capsules that contained what she described as a white powder. She had called the sheriff's office twice Tuesday about what she found in the SUV and Deputy Steven Elliott responded both times.

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"It was so bad that after the deputy collected the items, he went on his way and as the woman was cleaning the car out further, she found even more (capsules)," Meyer said.

"We are suspecting it is heroin. There was also a large plastic baggie containing a large rock-like substance," he said.

Deputy Elliott was overcome during his second encounter with the substance.

"The woman had the items in her hand, but she was wearing gloves," Meyer said. She dropped the capsules into the deputy's bare hand. He walked away and began feeling the effects of whatever the substance was.

Meyer said the deputy began to have difficulty breathing and became nauseated.

Deputies come across things like this every day, just not in the quantity found in the vehicle, Meyer said. The sheriff's office will follow up with deputies about protecting themselves. All personnel are provided gloves and face masks, he said.


A Clark County Sheriff's deputy has been taken to a hospital after he was overcome when he was exposed to suspected drugs during the search of a vehicle on Shepard Street in New Carlisle.

The deputy, who has not been identified, was taken to Soin Medical Center and his injury is said to be non-life threatening.

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The suspected drugs have been identified only as a white powder.

Extra deputies and a medic unit were dispatched to Shepard Street just after 8 p.m. on the report that the deputy reported possible contamination from exposure to drugs.

The owner of the vehicle that was searched tells us the Ford Edge was stolen in April and was found in Dayton a few days ago. The owner declined to be identified by name.

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The owner said she was cleaning out the SUV, which was parked in the driveway of her home, when she found two capsules that contained what she described as a white powder. She called the sheriff's office.

The deputy dispatched to the residence put the capsules in his hand and collapsed in the street as he walked behind his cruiser, the owner said.

Whoever stole the SUV had the windows tinted and apparently lived in it for a time, she said, because there was a lot of trash in it when it was returned to her.

Deputies sent to the scene as backup searched the vehicle, placing items in it in evidence and garbage bags.


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